Tag: Pilates

Popular Exercise Programs: Pick the One That’s Best for You

Weight training, aerobics, stability balls, Zumba? The problem for middle-aged and older women is not the availability of exercise programs; it’s finding the right one.

“Before starting any vigorous exercise program, make sure you don’t have health issues that would make it dangerous,” says Polly de Mille, RN, RCEP, CSCS, USAT,

Editor’s Note: Exercise: The No. 1 Prescription

If you want to improve your overall health and reduce your risk of chronic disease, get moving and keep moving. Exercise is the only recommendation I make to every single patient, without exception.

Physical activity benefits cardiovascular health by reducing blood pressure and increasing HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels. Getting regular exercise

Core Exercises for Elderly: Staying in Charge

Core Exercises for Elderly: Staying in Charge

Everything begins with the core. Core muscles stabilize segments of the body, act as a shock absorber for the whole body, maintain functional (working) posture, and allow for motions such as flexion and rotation. Improving your core through regular resistance exercises, experts pledge, can improve overall mobility.

What is “core fitness”?

2. Essential Exercise

What’s Your Exercise Story?
Individuals come to exercise programs with different histories of physical activity. Maybe you played a team sport in high school and intramural athletics in college, but gradually became less active with the demands of work and family. Perhaps you’ve always preferred solitary activities, such as hiking on

Avoid Exercise Injuries

A well-qualified, certified Pilates instructor will ensure you are doing the exercises correctly and safely. The instructor should have at least 300 hours of training, be fully certified in mat and on all the machines, and have at least a few years’ teaching experience. Most Pilates certifications require knowledge of anatomy.

Pilates Machines Foster Flexibility and Strength

Pilates was originally a one-on-one training system done on a mat and also on specialized machines developed by Joseph H. Pilates in the early 1900s. He originally called his system “Contrology,” because to do the exercises correctly requires full concentration and control.

It’s a total body workout, best known for how

Strong Core Muscles = Better Balance

Almost every movement we make involves core muscles. When we stand, walk, bend, turn, twist, reach, or simply sit in a chair, our core muscles support and stabilize us. Or they should.

If not, almost every movement becomes more difficult and less efficient. The weakness is often reflected in our posture—slouching

Q&A: Balance; Stroke Prevention; Vitamin C

Q. Ever since I began to take Coumadin for atrial fibrillation I have a fear of falling and bleeding. What can I do to improve my balance?
A. Strengthening your core muscles—those in your abdomen, back and hips—would be the best thing for you to do. Core strength is related to

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