It's New Year's resolution time—which means it's an opportune moment to decide how you can be your personal best this year. What better way to hop on the bandwagon than to dig into the hottest new fitness trends? The experts over at the American Council on Exercise ranked their predictions for 2017, from studio fitness to health-care costs. Here, the top five you should look out for. Read more
If you're interested in switching up your fitness routine to one that is less impactful on your joints, turning to Pilates or yoga are both healthy options. However, it's easy to become confused by the specifics surrounding these two forms of exercise.
Frequently confused with one another, Pilates and yoga have many differences that should be specified. While both are more relaxed forms of fitness and share similar apparel and require bare feet or socks, the purpose of their practices differ.
Pilates was invented by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. With classes such as mat and the more elaborate reformer, there are a plethora of options to meet your fitness needs. Read more
We've all seen him at the gym or on the beach. Huge pecs, massive biceps, no neck to speak of, and spindly chicken legs.Less noticeable is his nemesis, the lightly framed metrosexual man who seems utterly devoid of muscle mass.
Which are you more likely to find in a pilates class? Neither, and both. In an unlikely twist, a utopia of stretching, sweating and defiance of gender conformity could yet bring them together.
Practitioners of the discipline are keen to invite more men to experience benefits including 'improved posture, core strength, muscle tone and flexibility –to build stronger bodies'. Read more
No, “sitting disease” is not being lazy. In fact, quite the opposite.
It's the term used to describe the health side-effects suffered by people who work too long in the sitting position. It turns out though, there's six steps, including sitting on a bouncy ball and using some pretty cool wearable tech, that you, the boss, can take to help your employees live long, healthy lives delivering the products and services you love — and hopefully have a good time while they’re doing it. Read more
A system of exercises using special apparatus, Pilates is designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, posture, and enhance mental awareness. Pilates combines strengthening with relaxation. The discipline was created by German-born Joseph H. Pilates approximately a century ago. A sickly child plagued with asthma and rickets, Joseph Pilates grew up obsessing about achieving the perfect body. Read more
When it comes to exercise, even a little can go a long way.
A slew of new studies suggest that working out for just a few minutes -- seconds, even -- can be beneficial to your health.
Read on to find out how any amount of exercise is completely worthwhile. The amount you should do just depends on your goals. Read more
Maybe you’ve seen the sliding machines with pulleys, loops and springs and always wondered, what is that all about?
WCCO’s Natalie Nyhus visited Pilates ProWorks in Edina to see what’s up.
“We like to say it’s a that’s going to loosen what’s tight, and tighten what’s loose,” regional fitness director Jeanine Peters said.
It’s a 55-minute, fast-paced workout of slow, long movements. Sounds like a contradiction, right? Wrong. It’s hard.
“That’s one of the reasons I love it,” Peters said. “It took so much control, I can’t be thinking about anything else. Your core is constantly working. You are focusing. You are on the FitFormer, which has all of these moving parts and pieces. You really just have to have a total body awareness.” Watch video or read more
Intense exercise changes the body and muscles at a molecular level in ways that milder physical activity doesn’t match, according to an enlightening new study. Though the study was conducted in mice, the findings add to growing scientific evidence that to realize the greatest benefits from workouts, we probably need to push ourselves.
For some time, scientists and exercise experts have debated the merits of intensity in exercise. Everyone agrees, of course, that any exercise is more healthful than none. But beyond that baseline, is strenuous exercise somehow better, from a physiological standpoint, than a relative stroll? Read more
Raved about by celebrities and endorsed by sport stars across the globe, Pilates has become a staple workout for many due to its wide-ranging benefits. Maria Tracey rolls out her mat and hops onto the reformer to discover the perks.
Are you a Pilates virgin? If so then you might associate it with impossible poses and smug celebrities. However, if you thought their toned tums and pert posteriors were entirely down to Photoshop then you'd be entirely wrong: Pilates is popular among the body beautiful for a reason: it works.
In fact, once embraced, Pilates can make a significant difference to a person's health without taking a toll on their body as it involves conscious breathing, and proper alignment. Created by German-born Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s, Pilates helps develop a strong core, lengthens and stretches all the major muscle groups in the body in a balanced fashion, improves sports performance and prevents injuries. Read more
This week I tried something new. I went to a Pilates class.
It’s not that I dislike yoga or Pilates, I just don’t feel the benefits as much as I do with a high-impact class. I love the feeling of my heart pounding inside my chest and fatigued muscles as I leave a studio on wobbly legs drenched in sweat.
But I also know Pilates is great for your core muscles. And as my personal trainer at Equinox James Mearns keeps reminding me: ‘In all forms of running, whether it be short, mid or long distance, the core muscles are constantly being engaged.’
Not only that but Pilates teaches breath control and activates the muscles used for respiration. Perfect for any of the Race for Life events. Pilates also helps to improve overall flexibility, strength and balance, promotes good posture, and helps correct body alignments in the hips, knee, ankle and foot. Read more