Fitness Activities That Are Great For You & Your Significant Other!

Looking for creative ways for the two of you to get hot & sweaty this Valentine’s Day? Get your mind out of the gutter! I’m talking about exercise of course. Exercising together has many great benefits. In fact, studies show that couples that participant in physical activity together report feeling more satisfied in their relationships and more in love (Aron, Norman, Aron, & Heyman, 2000). Not only will you feel more connected as a couple, you have an instant accountability partner. When you are both committed to each others’ health and fitness, it’s easier to stick with it. Sharing similar goals brings you closer to one another as well as creates more quality time. Here are four physical activities to give a go! Yoga: Let your love loose on the mat! Yoga is a great way to experience something unique together while strengthening your core and decompressing your spine. New experiences create an increase of dopamine, a feel-good hormone, and when you experience that with your partner, your brain links that feeling to them making you feel even more in love. Weight Lifting: Couples who lift together, stick together. Not only do you always have someone to ‘spot’ you, but lifting weights releases endorphins, the happy hormone. The more endorphins, the better you feel. Lifting weights also improves endurance and stamina, which can benefit everyone in the bedroom. 😉 Indoor Cycling: Get your endorphins racing with indoor cycling. Create a little competitive spark by pushing each other to go a little faster and last a little longer with these high calorie burning classes, while being each other’s cheerleader. Experience surges of...

Pilates for Beginners: 5 Important Things to Know Before Your First Class

It can be a bit intimidating to try out a new class, especially one that you’re not even sure how to pronounce. Pilates (pronounced puh-la-teez) is a low-impact form of exercise that will work your entire body, efficiently and effectively. Before you begin pilates, here are 5 things you should know. #1. It will greatly improve your overall health. Not only will you enjoy the visual benefits of a flatter stomach and tighter muscles, but you will also be rewarded with increased flexibility, joint mobility and a stronger core. Pilates improves your posture and your bones density. It also a fantastic stress reliever and helps build great mind-body awareness. My clients often refer to Pilates as the Fountain of Youth.  #2. No shoes required. Pilates does not need any fancy shoes or exercise gear. Most exercises are done seated or lying down so all you need is a mat, comfortable workout gear and socks to keep your feet warm. #3. You will leave feeling taller. Pilates greatly improves your posture. Pilates teaches proper spinal alignment which is imperative for overall health. This is done by strengthening your back and abdominal muscles through specific mobility exercises. Many people leave mat class feeling taller. #4. Your muscles will shake. Pilates doesn’t focus on just one muscle group. Not only will you be working your core, but you will be working your hips, legs, shoulders and back as well. Thats another fantastic thing about pilates….it’s an overall workout. #5. Pilates works every single muscle group. A pilates mat class is very different than high intensity fitness classes but that doesn’t mean you...

You should be doing Pilates

Yes, that is right. You should be doing pilates on a regular basis. Here’s why: It will change the way you move. You see, it’s all about posture. Poor posture produces pain. Most of us have bad posture. We live in an anteriorly based world. Just imagine sitting at a computer 8 hrs a day and what that does to someone’s posture. Or standing over a table preparing meals all day. Or driving a truck all day. Gardening. Everything we do is forward based. That can all lead to shoulders that round forward, heads that drop forward and rounded upper backs. Take that posture and keep adding age to it. Oh, and don’t forget gravity pulling you forward and down. Bad posture can lead to a whole host of health problems. Migraines, chronic pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis & golf elbow, spine misalignment, poor circulation, and even depression. Pilates to the rescue! Pilates is based on the proper alignment of the spine. Basically one goes from slouching forward to standing up tall. When your body is in alignment, everything falls into its proper place. Shoulders roll back, the head rests on top of the neck, not forward, the back is tall and not slouched. Pilates does this by… deeply strengthening the abdominal muscles. A strong core is important for stabilizing your spine. Maintaining a strong core keeps the back strong and keeps the body in proper alignment. Through Pilates, you learn how to engage the core to strengthen the abdominal muscles through a series of small, isolated movements using mainly your body weight. improving posture. With Pilates, you practice proper spinal alignment...

How to Not Stuff Your Face this Thanksiving:)

Turkey and dressing and gravy…oh my! Oh, how I do love a great stuffing. Err….Thanksgiving stuffing that is;) Like most of us, I tend to overeat at Thanksgiving and then end up feeling guilty and try to make up for it by working out extra hard the next day or two. How smart would it be if instead of repeating that pattern (or making the same decisions over and over as I’ve written about previously), we create new patterns? Let’s focus on enjoying Thanksgiving dinner WITHOUT overeating and feeling guilty? I’ve devised some simple tips we can all utilize right away. Tip #1. Stay hydrated. Simple, right? One would think. A great way to not overindulge in food is to simply drink more water the day before the dinner and the day of. Often we overeat simply because we are actually thirsty. I know that sounds weird but our body can mix up the ‘thirsty’ and ‘hungry’ signals causing us to eat more when what we actually need is more water. So drink up! Water, that is. And remember, if you’re drinking alcohol, to counter the dehydrating effects you need a 2:1 ratio….2 glasses water for 1 glass of booze (not the other way around;) Tip #2. Plan a big workout the day after. This works like a charm around any big ‘eating’ event. Organize a hike or workout or a barre workout class the morning AFTER the eating event. And then, book it in with a friend as well. A friend that won’t cancel on you. Don’t pick the wishy-washy friend….maybe find your die-hard friend and organize something with them....