Resistance training is one of the best way to increase muscle strength because its natural and fluid. They come in different sizes and offer a variety of exercises and are often used in physical therapy. They are safe and easy to use and gradually build up muscles. Bands give people an extended reach allowing them to improve flexibility over time. It is definitely worth the time to incorporate resistance bands into your exercise routine. Practicing 3-4 times per week you will notice a marked difference in your strength, flexibility and toning of the muscles.
In my Pilates classes I have incorporated all the exercises that you need to keep your body in good shape. We use several different props including core stabilization balls which really tune in to your core, the “girdle of strength.”
Bands offer resistance. Weights will increase your lean body mass, and will help you burn more calories and build strong bones. As we age, strong bones are important for stability and balance.
We also do “balancing” exercises which not only help with your balance but strengthens your bones as well.
It’s a pretty complete class and we work from head to toe. You will definitely notice a difference. I have also incorporated “therapeutic” movements to assist with areas such as the hips, spine, and knees.
Yoga is also a component in this class as it adds to the balance, grounding, centering, flexibility and the stretch!
That is why I call this class Pilates & Movement which incorporates of all of the best practices that work to firm, tone, strengthen, stretch, breathe and finally relax and recover…
If you haven’t tried my class, it may be a bit different that a traditional Pilates class but I think you will find the workout to be very satisfying with results.
Many students have been able to do activities they haven’t done in a while like ski, or perhaps take a nice long hike and get back to the activities they once enjoyed. Pilates was discovered by Joseph Pilates who worked in an internment camp working with people recovering from injury. He brought to NYC in the 1930’s and was widely used by dancers and actors. Many still use this practice today. The goal of Joseph Pilates was to help people recover from injury and also prevent them from injury.
You will find that you will have more stability, flexibility and balance just after a few sessions. This, along with Yoga is something you can do your entire life with modifications as needed.
I have been doing Pilates for 17 years and I have done many forms of exercise over the years, mainly because I enjoy exercising. Pilates and Yoga (Yoga 40 years now) are my mainstays of exercise with a hike in the woods or a swim in the ocean… And most importantly maintaining a good diet and eating a low carb meal. You will be surprised how the weight melts when you lower the carbs.
So, if you would like to try a class out, please drop in. For more information, please go to my website at www.spirit7moves.com. Namaste. Anne
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