Monday, July 27, 2009

Wellness2Go's 80's Throw Back Pool Party

Wellness2Go wants to reward the Gainesville community for making healthy decisions. Join us this Friday, July 31st at Lexington Crossing for an afternoon filled with healthy food and great jams. Beginning at 2 p.m. everyone is welcome to enjoy some amazing food catered by Designer Greens, Green Plantains, D'Lites Emporium, Gelato Company and Momoyaki. Gainesville Healthy and Fitness Center will be on site to provide free fitness evaluations. DJ Shea will also be spinning the best tunes from the 80's all afternoon!!!

Be there!!!

Who: Wellness2Go

What: 80's Throw Back Pool Party

Where: Lexington Crossing

Why: To raise awareness and to reward those who making healthy decisions

When: Friday, July 31st

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Now walk it out....

This post is all about the numerous benefits of walking. I discovered today that I ran out of contacts. Much to my dismay, I am forced to wear my glasses. I like to jog daily with sunglasses so this made it very difficult. I had to wear a hat and I do not loot too fancy in a hat. Also, I found out that running in glasses is very difficult because they bounce so I just walked around campus. As I was pouting and walking, I decided to make walking the focus of my next blog. Enjoy and happy workouts!

If a daily fitness walk could be put in a pill, it would be one of the most popular prescriptions in the world. It has so many health benefits. Walking can reduce the risk of many diseases — from heart attack and stroke to hip fracture and glaucoma. These may sound like claims on a bottle of snake oil, but they're backed by major research. Walking requires no prescription, the risk of side effects is very low, and the benefits are numerous:

Managing your weight. Combined with healthy eating, physical activity is key to any plan for long-lasting weight control. Keeping your weight within healthy limits can lower your risks of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, sleep apnea, and osteoarthritis.

Controlling your blood pressure. Physical activity strengthens the heart so it can pump more blood with less effort and with less pressure on the arteries. Staying fit is just as effective as some medications in keeping down blood pressure levels.

Decreasing your risk of heart attack. Exercise such as brisk walking for three hours a week — or just half an hour a day — is associated with a 30% to 40% lower risk of heart disease in women. (Based on the 20-year Nurses' Health Study of 72,000 female nurses.)

Boosting "good" cholesterol – the level of high-density lipoproteins (HDL). Physical activity helps reduce low-density lipoproteins (LDL or "bad" cholesterol) in the blood, which can cause plaque buildup along the artery walls — a major cause of heart attacks.

Lowering your risk of stroke. Regular, moderate exercise equivalent to brisk walking for an hour a day, five days a week, can cut the risk of stroke in half, according to a Harvard study of more than 11,000 men.

Reducing your risk of breast cancer and type 2 diabetes. The Nurses' Health Study also links regular activity to risk reductions for both these diseases. In another study, people at high risk of diabetes cut their risk in half by combining consistent exercise like walking with lower fat intake and a 5% to 7% weight loss.

Avoiding your need for gallstone surgery. Regular walking or other physical activity lowers the risk of needing gallstone surgery by 20% to 31%, found a Harvard study of more than 60,000 women ages 40 to 65.

Protecting against hip fracture. Consistent activity diminishes the risk of hip fracture, concludes a study of more than 30,000 men and women ages 20 to 93.

The list goes on and on. Many other studies indicate a daily brisk walk also can help:

  • Prevent depression, colon cancer, constipation, osteoporosis, and impotence
  • Lengthen lifespan
  • Lower stress levels
  • Relieve arthritis and back pain
  • Strengthen muscles, bones, and joints
  • Improve sleep
  • Elevate overall mood and sense of well-being.

Keep it Steady

A steady routine is the most important factor in getting the most out of your exercise program. Walking for at least 30 minutes a day, 5 or more days a week is recommended.

Use these tips to keep you on track:

  • During your walks, you should be able to maintain a conversation. If you're breathing too lightly, increase your pace. If you can't catch your breath, slow it down.
  • Walk around the local area after lunch or dedicate 15 minutes to walking up and down stairs. Climbing is an excellent way to strengthen your heart.
  • At night, trade a half hour of TV for a brisk stroll around the block. Take a friend with you for company or get the whole family involved.

The Best Medicine

Any amount of walking is good, but for the best health results, set a brisk pace and walk for 30 minutes at least 5 times a week. Be sure to check with your doctor on the level of exercise that's best for you.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

How to not get stout when eating out....

I was dining this morning at Brunchery in Tampa, Florida. Brunch is quite possibly my favorite meal ever by the way! It was delicious and definitely recommend you visit there next time you find yourself in Tampa. Anyways, I was reading over the omelette menu, and I noticed that it offered egg whites for a little extra as well as substituting fresh fruits for home fries. After a few days in NYC of not watching what I was eating, I decided to go for the healthy route. This is just one of many healthy eating tips you should follow when going out to eat. I found this article on that lists more.

Do your homework
Learn how many calories your body needs per day when taking into account your lifestyle and activity level, and plan your meals for the the day - if you have a big breakfast, have a lighter lunch, for example.

Identify general dishes and food items that fit into your diet (such as fish, salads and whole grain bread) so you recognize them on restaurant menus and know what to look for.

Before going out to eat, identify healthier menu choices using the restaurant’s Web site or a site like Many restaurants provide nutrition information online and in stores these days.

Talk to the staff, manager or chef of restaurants you visit frequently to get their help in identifying items on their menu that are the best options for your dietary needs and preferences.

Navigate the menu
If you’re in the mood for pasta, look for tomato-based sauces rather than cream-based sauces. Tomato-based sauces are much lower in fat and calories. In addition, the tomato sauce (or marinara sauce) can count as a vegetable!

When choosing a soup, keep in mind that cream-based soups are higher in fat and calories than broth-based soups. Soup can serve as a great appetizer to a meal, or as an entree. Most soups are low in calories and will fill you up.

Look for items on the menu that are baked, grilled, dry-sauteed, broiled, poached, or steamed. These cooking techniques use less fat in the food preparation and are generally lower in calories.

Select entrees with fruits and vegetables as key ingredients, as they are a good source of dietary fiber, as well as of many vitamins and minerals. However, vegetarian dishes can be higher in calories if prepared with cheese, butter and other more calorie-rich ingredients.

A salad is typically a good choice, but be aware that dressings and toppings like cheese and croutons can add fat and calories.

Fish and seafood dishes are great choices for the diet-conscious diner, but keep in mind to order them baked, broiled, sauteed, poached, steamed or grilled rather than fried.

For meat dishes, look for leaner cuts, such as skinless chicken breasts, turkey burgers, pork loin and beef sirloin.

Choose items made with whole grains. Examples include whole-wheat bread, tortillas and pasta, as well as dishes made with brown rice.

Select foods that are flavored with spices and fresh herbs, as those items are more likely to have lower fat and sodium content. Many ethnic cuisines embrace this philosophy, so why not order something Latin American or Asian and be adventurous and healthy at the same time?

If you are craving dessert, opt for something lower in calories and fat, like sorbet, fresh berries or fruit. Or better yet, share your dessert with your dining partner.

If you have questions, ask your server or other restaurant staff about how items are prepared and what the ingredients are.

Customize your order
Don't be afraid to ask for special low-calorie or low-fat preparation of a menu item. The restaurant industry is one of hospitality and customer choice. We aim to please.

Order salad dressings and other sauces on the side. This way, you have control over how much or how little you add. And when choosing a dressing, opt for a vinaigrette rather than a cream-based dressing.

Choose water, diet soda, or unsweetened tea or coffee instead of regular soft drinks or alcoholic beverages. This will save a lot of calories.

If you have a choice of side dishes, opt for baked potato or steamed vegetables. Even if choices are not listed, ask to substitute vegetables or a baked potato for french fries.

When ordering grilled fish or vegetables, ask that the food either be grilled without butter or oil, or prepared "light," with little oil or butter.

Order steamed or grilled vegetables as a side dish instead of starch.

Ask for salsa with a baked potato instead of sour cream, butter, cheese, or bacon. Salsa is very low in calories (and a fruit and/or vegetable serving!) and a healthy alternative with a lot of spice.

Ask for reduced-sodium soy sauce.

Order sandwiches with mustard rather than mayonnaise or "special sauce." Mustard adds flavor with virtually no calories. Other sandwich tips are to choose whole grain bread, skip the cheese, and add vegetables as toppings. Also keep in mind that chicken salad, tuna salad and egg salad are made with mayonnaise.

Enjoy your restaurant experience
Share an appetizer or a dessert with a friend. Half the dish equals half the calories.

Stop eating when you are full — listen to the cues your body gives you.

Take half of your meal home. The second half can serve as a second meal. (Two meals for the price of one: What a deal!)

If you want to eat less, order two appetizers, or an appetizer and a salad, as your meal.

Virtually all restaurants offer healthy menu items. If you know what to look for and opt to customize your meal, you can have a nutritious meal whenever, wherever.

Remember, don't deprive yourself of the foods you love. All foods can fit into a well-balanced diet.

Stick with it!

It is so great to be back in Gainesville. NYC was a blast, but it's back to the daily grind. I was surprised on my return to find that our workout classes at Lexington Crossing have been receiving a very large turnout. I was very impressed with the dedication of some of the participants so this post is in their honor. I found this article on It explains how one can start and stay committed to a successful fitness routine. Happy workouts!

  1. Step1

    Choosing the right fitness training program is not the only important step of getting in shape - you must also construct your plan realistically so that you can stay fully committed. Anyone can begin a fitness training program after getting clearance from his or her physician, and there are thousands of different programs on the market today; however, the real trick comes in knowing how to achieve the personal fitness goals you have set forth.

  2. Step2

    Determining Your Own Personal Fitness Goals: Most people have a skewed idea of what fitness is exactly. Ask anyone, and they'll most likely envision a skinny model-like woman or a huge man that seems like he just stepped off the stage of a body-building competition. You, too, might think this, but personal physical fitness is something much more specialized and unique. This is where commitment comes into play. When most people think of the term "fitness," it has a broad range of definitions that each of us can apply to our own abilities. Fitness generally has nothing to do with your general weight or body shape. If you eat right and work out regularly, sticking to your individual fitness training program, odds are that you're on the right path.

  3. Step3

    The completion of personal fitness goals is controlled entirely by the mind. You have to want to get in shape. If your mind is not truly committed to the final outcome, your goals will never be met even under the best of circumstances or any obstacles that may impede the process. You, and only you, can control your commitment to fitness and ensure that you meet your personal fitness goals.

  4. Step4

    How to Stay Committed: The biggest challenge of a fitness training program or plan is teaching yourself to stay committed - the fact is that most plans fail because there is an overall lack of drive or inspiration to meet those individualized personal fitness goals. Luckily, you have a few options if you find it impossible to stick to your diet and workout plan. Most people talk about finding or using an exercise buddy, but never actually seek one out. Try finding someone at your gym or fitness center with a similar schedule or convince a friend or colleague to join you on your quest for fitness.

  5. Step5

    Another good way to keep focus is to promise yourself a reward if you meet your personal fitness goals. If you've always wanted a pretty piece of jewelry or a new television set, save up during your commitment challenge and splurge once you've met your planned goal. Promising yourself a reward will help you keep your eyes on something you want.

  6. Step6

    What If Your Fitness Goals Aren't Met?: When personal fitness goals are not met, disillusion and despair begin to set in, and the whole venture seems worthless. You must ultimately revisit your commitment to the fitness training program and process and take a long, hard look at all of the factors that are hindering your program. You might find that your level of commitment was lacking; for instance, knowing when you should have rested more, eaten better and more frequently, or perhaps even turned down that additional serving of alcohol or dessert. Some people might dismiss willpower as just a personality trait, but everyone has the ability to resist.

  7. Step7

    Once you re-examine the flaws of your fitness training program, you'll understand why you're not achieving the personal fitness goals you created. However, you must remember to make goals that are attainable and realistic, and this is where many people slip up in planning an effective fitness training program. Research acceptable weight loss or gain, find cookbooks meant for your diet, and set your schedule for workout times that are manageable.

  8. Step8

    The Bottom Line: Making your fitness training program fully attainable is the biggest part of ensuring commitment. Without realistic personal fitness goals, it is highly doubtful that you will succeed. Examine your routine as it is now and slowly work the new regime into your lifestyle. Once you start your fitness plan and get used to the motions, it soon becomes second nature to live a healthy lifestyle.

  9. Step9

    The bottom line is determining if you are really committed to this fitness venture. If you see getting in shape as just another item in a long list that may or may not be completed, this is probably not the right time to start your fitness training program. Look inside yourself and see if you have what it takes to make this goal a reality.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Staying Fit While on Vacation

As I will be out of town for the next 6 days, I thought I should make a post on ways to stay in shape while enjoying your time off. I found this article on Enjoy!

We all know that vacationing can make for a huge set-back on your quest to get fit. I know vacationing is supposed to be a time where you can just feel good and relax, but relaxing can be difficult if you are feeling each pound add up, one by one, day by day....

  1. Plan Ahead to Fit in Fitness: Vacations should be an opportunity to re-energize, refresh, and relax -- not an excuse to take a break from health. When planning your vacation, opt for locations that will allow you to engage in physical activities you enjoy. Keep in mind that physical activity is the ticket to enjoying extra calories without weight gain.
  2. Be Prepared: When you travel, whether by plane, train, or automobile, be prepared with healthy food so you won’t have to eat whatever is available. Start the day with a nutritious breakfast, then pack easy and satisfying snacks or a small meal, such as a turkey sandwich with lettuce and tomato on whole-grain bread, a piece of fruit, and some cut-up veggies with hummus.
  3. Avoid Dining-Out Disasters: Eating out may pose the biggest challenge for avoiding vacation weight gain. "It is easy to control calories if you stay away from fried, crispy, or creamy foods; hold extras such as cheese and mayo; top salads with low-fat dressings; drink water instead of sodas -- simple things that can shave calories and make room for the special treats," says Blatner.
  4. Indulge in Moderation: Deprivation is no fun when you're on vacation. Instead, "the name of the game is moderation when it comes to controlling calories from treats and alcohol," says Blatner. So have one scoop of ice cream instead of the sundae, or split that decadent dessert with a dining companion.
  5. Pare Down Portions: Even when you're on vacation, portions count if you want to avoid weight gain.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

You are now free to "move it" about the cabin!

Tomorrow I board a plane to NYC for an amazing mini vacation. I will be stuck on an airplane for around 2.5 hours. Now I do have the essentials to keep me preoccupied for a portion of that time...48 crayola crayons, coloring book, the book Viva La Repartee and a friend, the usual. I was curious as to whether or not there are exercises you can do while flying.

I found this article on Enjoy and next time you find yourself airborne, try it!

Ps... I find it funny that they included a list of things you will need:
athletic socks, bottled water, racquetballs, tennis balls and of course, a plane ticket!

Combat poor circulation, swelling, sore joints and lethargy on cramped flights by doing a short exercise routine. At the very least, you'll entertain your fellow passengers.

  1. Squeeze a tennis ball, a racquetball or even a pair of socks with your hands until they're tired.

  2. Step2

    Keep the balls of your feet planted and raise your legs using your calf muscles. If this is too easy, place your carry-on bag on your knees. Continue until tired.

  3. Step3

    Plant your heels firmly and raise your toes as high as possible. Hold for five seconds, and relax. Repeat until tired.

  4. Step4

    Place your hands on your armrests and raise your knees slowly (together is harder than one at a time) toward your chin. Lower them slowly. Repeat until tired.

  5. Step5

    Cross your legs. Rotate the dangling foot in as wide a circle as possible. Continue until tired.

  6. Step6

    Stretch your neck by keeping your chin close to your throat and tilting your head forward. Roll your head from one shoulder to the other, but avoid rotating it backward.

  7. Step7

    Flex your trapezius muscles by doing shoulder hunches. Lower your shoulders, and then raise them up toward your ears into a shrug. Hold for five seconds. Continue until tired.

  8. Step8

    Arch your torso gently backward and forward like a cat.

  9. Step9

    Flex your gluteus muscles and hold for as long as possible. Squeezing your rear like this may occasion strange glances, but these muscles are the biggest in the human body and need to be exercised, too.

Try moving...literally

So before I get to enjoy in the splendor and wonder that is NYC....I have to move my sister Karrie into her new apartment. The good thing that it is in the same building, but the new place is upstairs. I packed her belongings, walked the 212 steps carrying said items, walked up the 17 stairs and walked back. I did this about 30 times. I even tried running back to make the time go faster. Throughout this pain, I thought it would be a good idea to make a blog about the amazing workout called MOVING! I did my research and I found this information on Enjoy!

For a 130 lb. person, moving household items-upstairs burns 531 calories and hour and moving household items-carrying burns 413 calories an hour.

So the next time you ignore your friends phone calls when two days earlier he or she asked for help moving.....reconsider it. Happy workouts!

Moving - packing and unpacking boxes:
Moving activities that involve packing and unpacking boxes engage the arms, shoulders, abdominals and chest muscles in constant movement. Larger objects will require more energy and strength to lift and pack, and this can burn extra calories per hour. This can turn into a mild to moderate aerobic activity or workout.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Never give up! Never surrender!

Ok, so this post hits a little too close to home, but it's fine. As I was browsing the infinite World Wide Web, I found this SPECTACULAR article on It deals with the barriers we all might come across from time to time during the journey toward "fitness." Enjoy reading and maybe next time you'll reconsider not working out! Happy Workouts and have a great weekend!!!!!!!!! week's posts will be from NYC!!!!! Expect some good ones!!!!!!!!!!

Barrier: I don't have enough time to exercise

Setting aside time to exercise can be a challenge. Use a little creativity to get the most out of your time.

  • Squeeze in a few 10-minute walks throughout the day. If you don't have time for a full workout, don't sweat it. Shorter spurts of exercise spaced throughout the day offer benefits, too.
  • Get up earlier. If your days are packed and the evening hours are just as hectic, get up 30 minutes earlier twice a week to exercise. Once you've adjusted to early-morning workouts, add another day or two to the routine.
  • Claim the back row of the parking lot as your own. Or park a few blocks away and walk quickly to your destination.
  • Rethink your rituals. Your weekly Saturday matinee with the kids or your best friend could be reborn as your weekly Saturday bike ride, rock-climbing lesson or trip to the pool.

Barrier: Exercise is boring

It's natural to grow weary of a repetitive workout day after day, especially when you're going it alone. But exercise doesn't have to be boring.

  • Think of it as an activity. If you choose activities you enjoy, you're more likely to stay interested. Remember, anything that gets you moving counts.
  • Vary the routine. Rotate among several activities — such as walking, swimming and cycling — to keep you on your toes while conditioning different muscle groups.
  • Join forces with friends, relatives, neighbors or co-workers. Enjoy the camaraderie, and offer encouragement to one another when the going gets tough.
  • Check out exercise classes or sports leagues at a recreation center or health club. Learn new skills while getting a great workout.

Barrier: I'm self-conscious about how I look when I exercise

Don't get down on yourself! Remind yourself what a great favor you're doing for your cardiovascular health, or focus on how much stronger you feel after a workout. Praise yourself for improving your stamina and making a commitment to lifelong fitness.

If you're still uncomfortable exercising in the presence of others, go solo at first. Try an exercise video or an activity-oriented video game. Consider investing in a stationary bicycle, treadmill, stair-climbing machine or other piece of home exercise equipment. As you become healthier and more at ease with exercising, your self-confidence is likely to improve as well.

Barrier: I'm too tired to exercise after working all day

No energy to exercise? Without exercise, you'll have no energy. It's a vicious cycle. But breaking the cycle with physical activity is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.

  • Try a morning dose of exercise. Remember the suggestion to get up 30 minutes earlier to exercise? Hop on the treadmill or stationary bicycle while you listen to the radio or watch the morning news. Or step outside for a brisk walk.
  • Make lunchtime count. Keep a pair of walking shoes at your desk, and take a brisk walk during your lunch break.
  • Be prepared. Put workout clothes on top of your dresser, socks and all. Keep a full water bottle in the fridge. Have an exercise video queued up and ready to go when you get home at night.
  • Hit the hay earlier. Running on empty is no way to face a full day. Go to bed earlier to make sure you're getting enough sleep.

Barrier: I'm too lazy to exercise

If the mere thought of a morning jog makes you tired, try these thoughts on for size:

  • Set realistic expectations. If your mental bar is too high, you might give up without even trying. Start with a walk around the block. Don't give up if you feel worn out. Take another walk around the block tomorrow. Keep it up, and eventually you'll no longer feel worn out. That's progress!
  • Work with your nature, not against it. Plan physical activity for times of the day when you tend to feel more energetic — or at least not quite so lazy.
  • Schedule exercise as you would schedule an important meeting or appointment. Block off times for physical activity, and make sure your friends and family are aware of your commitment. Ask for their encouragement and support.

Barrier: I'm not athletic

Natural athletic ability isn't a prerequisite to physical activity. Try something simple, such as a daily walk. Better yet, team up with friends who are in the same boat. Have fun while helping each other work out. Don't worry about becoming a superstar athlete or joining the hard-bodied athletes at the fitness club. Simply focus on the positive changes you're making to your body and mind.

Barrier: I've tried to exercise in the past and failed

Don't throw in the towel! You can't see it when you lower your cholesterol or reduce your risk of diabetes, but that doesn't mean you aren't doing yourself a great favor. Re-evaluate what went wrong, and learn from your mistakes.

  • Pace yourself. Start small and build up to more-intense workouts later, when your body is ready.
  • Set realistic goals. Don't promise yourself you're going to work out for an hour every day, and then get down on yourself when you fall short. Stick with goals you can more easily achieve, such as exercising 20 minutes a day, three days a week for the first month.
  • Remember why you're exercising. Use your personal fitness goals as motivation — and reward yourself as you meet your goals.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Pilates...more than meets the eyes

So I have heard a lot about pilates, but I have never taken a class before. I thought it was just a more intense version of yoga. So I did my research and found out there are amazing health benefits to this little ol' thing they call PILATES! I received this information at Happy reading and as always...HAPPY WORKOUTS!

1. Makes You into Muscle Man

If want a long, lean look without bulky muscles, but with all the strength. Would you like to build strength and endurance without getting the muscle man look? If so, pilates may be just what you have been searching for.
There's a reason that pilates is the exercise of choice for gymnasts and professional dancers. Most conventional workouts tend to create bulky muscle. Why is this? In most workouts, the emphasis is placed on repetition and building strong muscles.

This causes already-strong (think: big) muscles to get even strong, and thus bigger. Pilates does not rely on frequent repetition, and thus no overgrown muscles. Pilates focuses on the whole body, not just on sections of muscles.

2. Increases the Strength of Stabilizer Muscles

There are many benefits that one can achieve through a proper use of the pilates program. One of the most significant points of the pilates program is it's ability to increase the strength of stabilizer muscles that may not commonly be worked out in a standard exercise program.

Also, since pilates stresses the use of graceful and fluid movements, it can be a great way to get a better sense of the kinesthetics ofyour body. The sense of body that you can achieve through pilates is quite significant, and many find that they are better able to balance themselves regardless of the position that they are in.

3. A Mind-Body Workout That Strengthens Your Whole Body

Another one of the benefits of Pilates is that it engages the mind and enhances body awareness. Like yoga, tai chi, and Asian martial arts, Pilates is not just a workout for your body. Joseph H. Pilates studied yoga, martial arts, and other ancient mind-body activities and included a strong philosophical foundation into the practice of Pilates.

Pilates not only helps tone your body, but your mind and spirit as well. The smooth, precise and flowing movements of Pilates are designed to make you more mindful of your body.

Breath movement is also emphasized to put you in touch with how breath moves through your body. Pilates has been demonstrated to reduce stress, anxiety, and helps lift depression. The mind-body connection is fundamental to the study and practice of pilates.

4. Pilates Strengthens Your Core like No Other Exercise

Another one of the benefits of Pilates is that the increased amount of strength that one can achieve in the 'core' of the body. The term core refers to the muscles in and around the area of the abdominal muscles and the back.
Proper breathing control is also stressed in pilates, adding to the numerous list of benefits that one can attain through regular use of the exercise program.

5. Prevents You from Future Injuries

Pilates strengthens your body and helps prevent future injuries. Pilates helps to condition the whole body, not just certain muscles. This helps balance the muscle and strength of the body. Since no set of muscles is ever over or under trained, there is less risk for injury. The body becomes more fluid and supple, protecting against injury.

6. Helps You Become Efficient With Your Body

Last, but not the least one of the benefits of Pilates is that it teaches you how to become efficient with your body. Very few exercises can help your body become more efficient in its movement.
Why is efficiency so important? Being efficient means that your body moves in a way, that is smoother, safer, and less prone to injury. By practicing pilates on a regular basis, you can train your body more to move in a much safer and more efficient manner.

Other Benefits of Pilates
Tone and build long, lean muscles without bulk.
Reduce stress, relieve tension, and boost energy through deep stretching.
Restore postural alignment.
Create a stronger, more flexible spine.
Increase joint range of motion.
Improve circulation.
Heighten neuromuscular coordination.
Offer relief from back pain and joint stress.
Correct over-training of muscle groups which can lead to stress and injury.
Enhance mobility, agility and stamina.
Compliment sports training and develop functional fitness for daily life activity.
Improve the way your body looks and feels.