Hearts Get 'Younger,' Even At Middle Age, With Exercise

By Patti Neighmond | Featured on NPR

Eventually it happens to everyone. As we age, even if we’re healthy, the heart becomes less flexible, more stiff and just isn’t as efficient in processing oxygen as it used to be. In most people the first signs show up in the 50s or early 60s. And among people who don’t exercise, the underlying changes can start even sooner.

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These Are The Seriously Overlooked Benefits Of Working Out

Article by Shauna Harrison | Found on MindBodyGreen

Getting in shape has become virtually synonymous with “carve the body into a given physical ideal.” We glorify the six-pack, celebrate the bikini body, and are on this hamster wheel chasing aesthetic greatness. Having been part of the fitness industry for 22 years, I am well aware that, from a marketing standpoint, the six-packs, bikini bodies, and booty-lifting appeal affect people’s desires, in terms of imagery as much as verbiage.

I do think that as an industry, though, we have a responsibility to direct the conversation and tell the whole story. Yes, […]

Do You Need a Recovery Period After Pilates?

Article Found on HealthyLiving

If you regularly weight train, you know that you need about 48 hours between workouts for your muscles to recover and repair. Pilates, a mind-body exercise system that focuses on the core musculature of the trunk, is different, however. Although it offers moderate resistance training, you can do Pilates training daily, without leaving a recovery period.

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Should You Eat Before You Work Out? A Fasting & Fitness Expert Explains

Article by Max Lowery | Found on MindBodyGreen

When you’re trying to decide whether or not to eat before a workout, you’ll encounter a host of conflicting information. Some people say yes, eating before a workout can give you more energy, and others say no, it’ll slow you down. Here’s why I tell my clients to practice fasted exercise for the sake of their metabolism and fat-burning potential.

For starters, studies demonstrate that aerobic exercise performed in a fasted state as compared to a non-fasted state increases the reliance on fat—and subsequently reduces the reliance on carbohydrate—as fuel during exercise. […]

Don’t Let Arthritis Pain Stop You From Exercising

Article Found on HealthyWomen.org

 Is arthritis pain getting in the way of your fitness plans? That need not be the case.

In fact, physical activity can be vital to your continued mobility.

Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that affects about 27 million Americans — most often in the knees and hips, but also in the lower back and neck.

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The Easy Way To Build Strength, In 3 Mindful Steps

Article by Jenn Pilotti | Found on MindBodyGreen

Physical strength can mean many different things. Depending upon whom you ask, to be physically strong might mean you can do a onehanded handstand, or maybe it means you can deadlift 1.5 times your bodyweight, or maybe it simply means you can get up off of the floor without using your hands. Like all aspects of fitness, what it means to be accomplished lies in the eyes of the person attempting the skill.

But what if strength is defined as moving well with a sense of ease?

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5 Ways Pilates Can Help Your Brain

5 Ways Pilates Can Help Your Brain

Article Featured on AARP

If you think of Pilates as exercise for your physical core — that prime stretch of real estate between your rib cage and your pelvis — you are not wrong. But there are reasons to think these popular workouts might do some good for your mental core, as well.

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The Best Post-Yoga Recovery Tips For Both Your Mind & Body

Article Written by Danielle Cuccio | Found on MindBodyGreen

As a private yoga instructor dedicated to furthering my knowledge and teachings of the practice several times a week, it’s important to take the right steps for self-care and recovery to prevent injuries. Oftentimes, the constant moving and stretching with yoga takes a toll on my physical and mental limitations and can leave me feeling incredibly spent and exhausted. I need to be able to feel good and energized.

Here are a few techniques that have assisted my practice and helps the “yoga high” last well after savasana.

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This Approach To Flexibility Will Turn You Into A Mindfulness Pro

Article by Jenn Pilatti | Found on MindBodyGreen

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be more physically flexible? To be able to slink across a room with athleticism and grace? Maybe you’d just like to move without the stiffness you can never quite stretch away.

The idea of flexibility often conjures up images of yogis and dancers. But what if I told you the type of mobility required to move with ease didn’t require long periods of uncomfortable, static stretching?

Increasing mobility is less about specific stretches and more about variation. When we change how we interact with […]

7 Exercises Guaranteed To Combat The Negative Effects Of Sitting All Day

Article by Harriett Griffy | Found on MindBodyGreen

By this point, the number of studies outlining the negative effects of sitting on our health are ubiquitous. We’ve scoured the internet for the best exercises to combat the hours of sitting, but said exercises and routines aren’t the only tools needed to help you sit strong—you can also practice various forms of specific exercise. Here are a few exercises to consider incorporating into your everyday movement.

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