It seems that since Pilates joined the fitness craze, we've all got caught up on feeling the burn and pushing through the pain. After all, no pain no gain - right?
Well there's two problems with that. Not only might this push-through mentality make you work harder, but it might also make you gain less from all that effort you are putting into your Pilates workout.
How can you maximize your workout and struggle less through it? I give you 6 words!
PSOAS - CORE POWER OR A PAIN IN THE BACK?
The muscle of this month is a powerful, awesome and very important muscle for basic and athletic functions alike, but also a pain in the back (literally!). When strong, it will power many of the things we do at the gym or in life. When weak and shortened (tight), it will cause an array of imbalances and even back pain.
Meet your body's most powerful hip-flexor on this week’s post and read on to learn about the good it can do for you, its effects on the spine during seating and walking as well as how to strengthen and release this key muscle.
My Tips on Sticking to the Plan and Loving It
It was two months ago when I dived in with full force into the Paleo, well Paleo(-ish), world. By full force I mean that I gave up cow milk in my coffee, the one non-paleo thing I held on to until the very end of my Paleo warm up. Not to say that it's been easy or that there hasn't been any slips. But there has been rewards on feeling more alert, more energized and capable every time I do stay committed.
So here's a quick run down of 6 easy things that helped me stay on track and in love with the Paleo diet.
Get better results from the work you put into your body
When it comes to attaining results hard work is good, but working hard on your joints can set you back farther than where you started. Getting the best for your body while staying away from injuries is all about how you move.
If you lead an active life style, it's likely that you have at one point or another experienced a muscle or joint strain and maybe a minor injury or even a major one.
Learn how you can apply what I call the Pilates Way into the activities you already do for better health, longevity of your joints, strength (and the good looks too!) at the best of what your genetics can afford you.
Meet your shoulder's best friend in planks, push ups and life.
"My abs were ready to hold,
but my shoulders and wrists just couldn't bear the load"
Most of us have (at least at some point in our fitness journeys) gone through a moment like this. Without the strength of the star of this month, weight bearing through the arms and even simple daily tasks such as handwriting and typing can be stressful on the shoulders (or even on seemingly uninvolved places such as the elbows and wrists).
If you’ve been able to put these days of unwanted shoulder and neck tension in the past through practice, good for you! If you are still working on it, read on…
Learn about the importance of this muscle, how to connect to it and strengthen it.
Is milk good or bad for you?
Consuming milk in adulthood, especially from other animals, is an interesting thing. On one hand it seems to be entirely unnatural, after all we are the only mammals doing it. But on the other hand, milk is very nutritions and has many benefits to human health. But do the benefits outweigh the harm?
How often can you say (speak the truth)
Wow, there is nothing that I'm not already doing for my body!
There is always something else you can add, do more of or do better. As I see it, the climb to the top is endless – you can always go higher and even higher. And I call it a climb because, when it comes to fitness or wellness overall, it isn't easy and there needs to be ongoing upward progress.
Having said that, last week I realized that I've been taking a nice stroll around the same spot instead.
So I made a pledge to challenge my body, my culinary ability and my mental stamina. And here's is how it went, the recipes that made it possible and how I made through it.
Muscle of The Month >> Transverse Abdominis
The first post of this new series is featuring one of our most foundational muscles.
"Tighten that corset around your waist!"
If you've taken a Pilates class, you've certainly heard these words before.
That's because your body actually has its own natural corset, your deepest abdominal layer, the Transverse Abdominis. If you've ever dreamed of having a narrower waistline, healthier lower back, stronger core, better balance and more strengthening this muscle should be your first priority.
I saw this documentary, The Perfect Human Diet by broadcast journalist C.J. Hunt, about two weeks ago, spilling some very harsh opinions on wheat, especially whole wheat and legumes (a Vegetarian's best friends). And whether the claims in the film are true or not, it was enough to get me curious.
So yes, I am going Paleo(-ish)!
Now, here is why I am doing it...