5 Reasons You Should Be Doing Pilates

 

5 Reasons You Should Be Doing Pilates

Pilates is a system of exercises that is designed to improve physical strength, flexibility and posture, and improve your mental awareness. Here are 5 reasons why you should start doing Pilates today.

1)      Improved Flexibility- The constant bending and twisting throughout the day can cause a lot of stress on your muscles and joints. However, Pilates can correct this tension, allowing you to do the things you love. A flexible muscles is a healthy muscle, and a healthy muscle can handle stressors that may lead to injury.

2)      Better Sleep- A stress hormone called cortisol is released following a stressful event; it is important that cortisol levels return to normal after. Unfortunately, in our high-stress society, the stress response is activated so often that the body does not always have a chance to return to normal. Exercise “eases” these hormones, allowing you to be more focused throughout the day, and tired at night. Pilates is great, because it doesn’t wear out your muscles, so there is no soreness later on.

3)      Weight Loss- If you practice Pilates regularly, you will change your body. Pilates creates long, lean muscles. It may be low-impact, but it isn’t easy. Once you have the routine down, expect to work up a light sweat. The formula for weight loss however remains the same: burn more calories than you consume. And Pilates (being a full body workout) will do exactly that.

4)      Lengthens the Spine and Improves Posture- Poor posture creates a string of structural changes throughout the body that can cause pain and imbalance in the shoulders and neck. This may cause migraines, neck, and lower back pain. Pilates targets the deep postural muscles creating a strong, aligned core.

5)      Mind and Body Connection- Pilates practice gives complete attention to every movement by instructing the brain to release tension, control movement and breath with precision and flow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Flower Power

Flower Power

Many people do not consider themselves a “morning person.” Participants of a Harvard behavioral study admitted that they feel least positive in the early hours. However, they reported being much happier and more energetic after seeing flowers first thing in the morning.

Keeping flowers around the home greatly reduces a person’s stress levels. Flowers are soothing to people, and keeping ornamental flowers around the home is a great way to lower stress and anxiety. People who keep flowers in their home feel much happier, less stressed, and more relaxed. Thus, the chances of suffering from stress-related depression are decreased as well. Overall, adding flowers to your home makes you feel more relaxed, secure, and happy. Flowers can help you achieve a more optimistic outlook on your life helping you increase your happiness.

Being around flowers also helps people concentrate better. Studies have shown that tasks are performed better and with greater accuracy when the person is near flowers.  Being outside in a natural environment can even improve memory performance and attention span by about twenty percent.

 

 

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Today’s Wellness Tip is to Laugh

 

Today’s Wellness Tip is to Laugh

We all have stress in our lives. Many are dealing with all sorts of struggles..job, poor relationships, illness.. But today, I am asking you to find something to laugh about! Just laugh out loud!!!

Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.

Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.

 

 

 

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Health Benefits of Yoga

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Health Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is a Hindu spiritual discipline which includes breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures. “Yoga” means united, because you are uniting your mind, body, and breathe.  Yoga is practiced to improve overall fitness and to reduce stress.

Yoga improves your overall health by relieving tension in the muscles. Your back, neck, and shoulders tend to carry the most tension throughout the day. Through yoga, you will notice improvements in your muscle flexibility. Maybe you couldn’t touch your toes in the beginning; but if you stick with yoga, you will notice a gradual loosening of the muscles.

Yoga also helps perfect your posture. Poor posture can lead to back, neck, and joint problems later in life. As you slump, your body may recompense by flattening the normal inward curves in your neck and lower back which cause pain and degenerative arthritis of the spine.

With its series of postures and controlled-breathing exercises, yoga is a popular stress reliever. The left prefrontal cortex shows a heightened activity in meditators, which correlates with greater levels of happiness. It brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve a peacefulness of body, helping you relax and manage your stress and anxiety.

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3 Healthful Weight Loss Tips

 

3 Healthful Weight Loss Tips

 

 

exercising1)                  Add half hour of exercise 6 days per week.  Get up early, power walk at lunch, take a fitness class, ride your bike, go for a jog.. no excuses, just do it!!! And you will feel better as exercise kicks up endorphins, the feel good chemicals.

2)                  Have a large breakfast, high in lean protein. Add fruit and veggies.  Check out my Quick and Healthy recipe link for ideas!!

3)                  Add 2 large salads daily with vinegar and little olive oil.  Go easy on the oil as it is high in calories and fat, but it is  necessary and healthy part of any nutrition program.

 

 

Quick and Healthy Recipe Link  :   http://www.resultswellnesscenters.com/Quick___Healthy_Recipes.html

 

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Tips for a Bathing Suit Body by Memorial Day!

10 Tips to Bathing Suit Body

1)                  Visualize yourself slim. This creates a road map in your subconscious which govern our habits and behavioral patterns.  Visualization can help to fire neurotransmitters throughout your body to make the feat possible.  Spend a few minutes everyday to creating your ideal body image. See yourself slim, healthy and fit.

2)                  Make water your beverage of choice.  Drink at least half your body weight in ounces per day. Eliminate soda and juices.  Juices are high in calories. Eat your fruit, don’t drink it! Eating your fruit takes more time and you’ll get fiber benefits, which also help to fill you.

3)                  Weigh yourself daily. Yes daily!!  It keeps you focused on you weight goal. Knowing that eating that slice of pizza or brownie might just send the numbers in the opposite direction will help you stay on track.

4)                  Keep a food and exercise journal. It keeps you accountable. Log everything you eating and drink. Enter the time and how you are feeling. Since emotions play a huge role in what we eat and how much, by identifying your triggers you can begin to make better choices.

5)      Add half hour of exercise 6 days per week.  Get up early, power walk at lunch, take a fitness class, ride your bike, go for a jog.. no excuses, just do it!!! And you will feel better as exercise kicks up endorphins, the feel good chemicals.

6)                  Have a large breakfast, high in lean protein. Add fruit and veggies.  Check out our Quick and Healthy recipe link for ideas!!

7)                  Add 2 large salad with vinegar and little olive oil.  Go easy on the oil as it is high in calories and fat, but it is a necessary and healthy part of any nutrition program.

8)                  Try spacing out your meals.  Have 5 or 6 small balanced meals spaced 3 hrs apart.  You will eliminate overeating and hunger pangs.  Sit down while you are eating and focus on eating. Shut off the TV, close the book , don’t read the mail. Distractions can lead to overeating.

9)                  Exercise!! Find activities you like and make the time.  30- 40 minutes per day of combination of strength training and cardio.  Check out my blog for exercising tips!

10)              Get plenty of rest.  Try to sleep 7-8 hours every nite.  You will feel better and have more control at the dinner table.  Taking a cat nap in the afternoon works wonders!!!

 

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Looking to get in shape? Try swimming!

A pool might not be the first place you think of going when you’re looking to shape up and slim down—but perhaps it should be. No other workout burns calories, boosts metabolism, and firms every muscle in your body (without putting stress on your joints) better than a swimming workout.
These are a few workouts if you’re interested in using the pool to get some exercise:
Breaststroke: Sweep through. Reach your arms overhead, palms together. Rotating your palms outward, pull down until your hands are nearly level with your chin. Bring your hands inward by your chest, then reach again. Whip it. Bend your knees and bring your heels toward your butt. Turn your toes outward and kick your legs back and together (like a frog) as you extend your arms forward.
Backstroke: Eyes up. Look straight up at the sky or ceiling—not at your toes, which causes your hips to sink—so your head is in line with your spine. Make a Y. Reach back with each arm at a 45-degree angle to your body; it places less stress on your shoulders and makes your stroke stronger.
Freestyle is also fan favorite because it’s easy to learn and it burns major calories, as do all these exercises.The swimming pool is a great place to burn calories and build muscle. If you’re a generally adventurous person, swim workouts can also be very helpful should you ever be in a situation where they can be applied to safety.

 

 

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Burn Fat in Less Time with High Intensity Interval Training!

 

 

Burn Fat in Less Time with High Intensity Interval Training!

 

sprintingHIIT, (High intensity interval training) is a form of cardio training that involves cycles of high intensity bursts and low to moderate intensity recovery. This cardio workout is said to burn fat not only faster but more efficiently than that of a low intensity cardio workout such as jogging or going for a long run. This is because the higher intensity allows the body to burn fat faster in total than at lower intensity routines, although the ratio of fat to glycogen ratio is lower. Additionally, there’s also an ‘after burn’ effect known as EPOC (excess-post exercise oxygen consumption). This increases your metabolism and burns more calories for up to 24 hours after interval training.

Try adding some sprints to your workout!

 

 

 

 

 

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Only 48 days until spring! Have you made plans to get it shape? 5 Tips to get you started.

 

 

Only 48 days until spring! Have you made plans to get it shape? 5 Tips to get you started.

 

1- Eat a nutritious breakfast.  Eggs or egg whites (even better!) with non-starchy veggies like broccoli, onions, peppers and jackie13mushrooms will stimulate your metabolism.
2-Exercise! Put aside a minimum of 30 minutes per day to walk, bike, elliptical or weight lift.
3-No late night snacking!
4-Meditate.  Meditation can help ease stress.  It can also help you program your ideal body image and create that road map to it! (hypnosis can too!)
5- Make water your beverage of choice.  Eat your fruit don’t drink it.  Many experts suggest drinking 8-10 eight ounce glasses of water per day.

 

 

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Build Some Muscle to Lose Weight

 

Build Some Muscle to Lose Weight

 

 

d6ae4a3b99eb526615eeaef1a888171f_5pkqAs we age many of us begin to gain weight. As adults, if we do not do strength training exercises, we lose muscle mass. Muscle is very dense and takes up less room than fat. Muscle requires fuel, fuel as in calories. Therefore in order to stay lean we need to keep some muscle.

It is recommended to strength train 3-4 times per week. If you are just beginning, start out with light weights. Don’t overdo it to cause injury. The goal is to strengthen slowly.

Check with your doctor to make sure you are physically able to do the exercises. Your doctor should be able to give you guidelines.

Hire a Personal Trainer if it is in your budget. Form more information on Personal Training email me at:   jackie@resultswellnesscenters.com or by phone 866-998-4100.

Coach Jackie;-)

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