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Midlife Cardiorespiratory Fitness Levels and Later-Life Dementia

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 in News | Comments Off on Midlife Cardiorespiratory Fitness Levels and Later-Life Dementia

EXCERPT: Higher midlife fitness levels seem to be associated with lower hazards of developing all-cause dementia later in life. The magnitude and direction of the association were similar with or without previous stroke, suggesting that higher fitness levels earlier in life may lower risk for dementia later in life, independent of cerebrovascular disease. READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1567851

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Healing an injury

Posted by on Jul 14, 2012 in News | Comments Off on Healing an injury

Healing an injury

NY TIMES: PERSONAL HEALTH BY JANE BRODY July 28, 2009 A Twisted Ankle Isn’t Just a Simple Sprain A sprained ankle is one of the most common joint injuries, prompting many people to consider it “just a sprain” and not treat it with the respect it deserves. The too-common consequence of this neglect is a lasting weakness, an unstable joint and repeated sprains. Given that some 25,000 ankle sprains occur each day in the United States, it is worth knowing how they can be prevented and how they should be treated. I suffered two memorable...

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Less is More

Posted by on Jul 5, 2012 in News | Comments Off on Less is More

Less is More

The term “powerhouse” refers to our cummerbund which encircles our ribcage between the waist and hips. In that powerhouse lies the core of our muscles. Easy enough to understand. How to engage it properly while organizing proper breathing and adding to that the possibility of tight hamstrings or hips is a complex feat. On top of that is a built in tempo that is aptly synchronized to fit the movement of each exercise. It becomes a circus of tumbling parts. To use the body in a expert or efficient manor, stabilizing the most...

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Helping Inflexibility

Posted by on Jun 19, 2012 in News | Comments Off on Helping Inflexibility

Traditional or classical Pilates is the syllabus of exercises designed by Joseph Pilates, “tried and true” by nature of its creator. Teachers who were taught by Romana Kryzanowska and her daughter Sari know that these exercises were not to be changed or new ones instituted in lieu of them. Knowing this if a client cannot easily adapt to any one of these exercises due to inflexibility, I will always break down the part which can not be executed freely until he or she can understand the anatomical inflexibility block. There are...

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Core Values

Posted by on May 10, 2012 in News | Comments Off on Core Values

Core Values

During my years of teaching as a certified Pilates instructor, I have seen a deluge of magazine articles written praising the benefits of Pilates. Each one had a different spin on the topic depending on the type of exercise the author was promoting. Gyms and fitness trainers generally like to use the word “core” to convert their knowledge of the system, but their message is vague at best and they merely skim the surface of Pilates’ real value. Rather, beginner clients should be taught traditionally and correctly from the...

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