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5 Reasons You Should Be Doing Pilates

5 Reasons You Should Be Doing PilatesPilates

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 LossIf 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  flowers1

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 Fitness Tip is to Laugh

Today’s Fitness Tip is to Laughlaughter

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.