It’s a tough world out there: sitting through long commute and work hours, standing and walking on hard surfaces. Faced with these daily work/life balance challenges, it’s not surprising that at least 80% of Americans will experience back pain at least once in their lives.
I spent the past weekend learning the new Balanced Body Bodhi Suspension Training system and was amazed by what I experience. The word Bodhi is sanskrit for "to awaken". As a Pilates practicioner and instructor for more than a decade, I was surprised by how much the Bodhi system did awaken my core. Using the ropes to suspend the body activated the deepest muscles to stabilize the body while moving in and out of gravity.
Marketing, one of those things that can create confusion especially in our world of fitness. Here is what I think are some of the phrases we hear in fitness that may confuse consumers. We have all seen it from the words "toning" "lean" "weight loss" and the most infamous, "long lean muscles". Also "six pack abs" "bigger", "stronger", "shredded", and just get "jacked". I don't know if you noticed, but marketing words used as my examples definitely target specific genders.
For the past 10 years my focus has been on health and wellness through movement. I beleive that movement is medicine that not only helps us to feel better in our body but also brings joy into our lives in so many ways. I find Pilates and the MELT Method to be two extremely effective tools to make movement the best it can be, no matter what your activity level.
“Blink!... Blink!” ordered my ophthalmologist. Two ophthalmologists checked my eyes for nearsightedness, complete with the eternal question, “Which is better? One? Or two?” Turns out I needed a daily dose of eye drops, especially working in windy Foster City. Otherwise I could see perfectly fine.
Sunday- Running or 30 minutes of cardioMonday- Yoga (60 minutes)Tuesday- Zumba or 45 minutes of cardioWednesday- Pilates (30 minutes)Thursday- Zumba or 45 minutes of cardioFriday- Yoga (60 minutes)Saturday- Rest!
Many men seem to assume that only women and older folks benefit from Pilates. Men hesitate to join in and instead stand on the sidelines with that curious look on their faces, perhaps asking themselves: