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Pilates: A Complete Workout!

Pilates: A Complete Workout!

Fitness fads come and go, but Pilates has persisted worldwide, increasingly gaining popularity, and is favored by many people and fitness fanatics all over the world. It is by no means your only avenue to achieve your fitness goals; but people use it to complement other forms of exercise, and have found that this not only makes you look leaner and fitter, but also strengthens and protects the body.

 

World of Pilates!

World of Pilates!

Origin of Pilates

Born in 1883, Joseph Pilates was a sick child. He spent a lot of time researching avenues for fitness and body building and developing exercises to overcome his ailments and become stronger. During World War I, he made exercise equipment from springs of hospital beds and used the exercises he developed to help wounded soldiers get stronger and back on their feet. When the influenza epidemic in 1918 claimed thousands of lives, he noted that none of his trainees had died. He eventually moved to New York in 1928 and started what would be the first Pilates studio, which soon became popular with dancers. Almost 90 years later, Pilates remains an effective form of exercise and is now popular worldwide.

strenghten and stretch your whole body

strenghten and stretch your whole body

Pilates is not a magical wand and it certainly needs to be augmented with other exercises. So if you are just looking to lose weight, please remember that you need to complement Pilates with cardio and Continue reading “Pilates: A Complete Workout!” »

Super Substitutes…

Super Substitutes…
Heart Healthy!

Heart Healthy!

Lets Face it: the phrase ‘healthy food’ dosen’t conjure up the most tempting images. But the fact is that eating healthy dosen’t mean you have to deprive yourself of tasty food; just a few simple replacements in your daily diet can make a significant imapct on your overall health and lower your daily calorie count. Fortunately, it isn’t too difficult to get used to these substitutes, especially since they can be quite delicious.

Packaged foods make quick  and easy eats and save so much time. We all start our day by pouring a glass of juice from a carton and a bowl of cereal from a box. The label might scream ‘healthy’, but often they have added preservatives for a longer shelf life. Instead squeeze some fresh juice, whip up some eggs and pick a few slices of whole wheat or multi-grain bread. It might take a few minutes longer than breakfast from a pack, but it is much healthier and will keep you full for longer.

Egg yolk is a source of cholestrol, so substitute egg whites for whole eggs. If you prefer to start your day with a bowl of cereal, opt for something without sugar, and definitely not chocolate-coated! Cut down more on those unwanted calories and fat by dropping the whole milk in favor of skimmed milk. You dont have to go without your cuppa in the morning, but go green (tea) instead of the regualar Continue reading “Super Substitutes…” »