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Technology and Fitness – Rate What’s Helping You Get Fit

In this fast-paced world we’re living in…technology is dramatically affecting our culture and the way we work, live and play.  So I’m curious…  Is technology influencing your workouts? As either a participant or Pilates and Fitness Professional, How do you prefer to consume health and fitness information?

Take this quick survey and share your thoughts!   [poll id=”6″]

Posted by Aliesa George in Exercise and Fitness, Polls & Surveys.

Moving Meditation: Pilates and Other Great Mind-Body Exercise Methods

I read an article the other day and it said, “Pilates isn’t a mind-body exercise in the meditative way that Yoga, Tai Chi, or Qi Gong are, but it does use your mind to influence and improve your body.”

It seems evident to me that this author has probably never experienced a Pilates workout!  And in my study of Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and meditation,  I believe that these great mind-body methods are more similar than one might think for improving whole-body health.

Here’s Why:

  • All  have underlying principles & philosophies behind the exercises.   And even meditation (sitting still) is an exercise!
  • Each Mind-Body method has a system of utilizing the breath, and specific breathing patterns to improve technique and maximize benefits from your practice.
  • All require, concentration, coordination, and improve whole-body health, balance, and body control.

It’s not just, let’s move the body, but let’s be aware, in-tune, and conscious of what we’re doing, how, we’re doing it, the initiation point, end point, and in-between points for every movement.

I think it’s wonderful that we have options for focused fitness and enhanced wellness for improved mind-body health.   There is a method out there to help meet the needs of each of us as individuals.  And if you want to develop and fine-tune your skills, cross-training and exploring different mind-body methods may give you an increased appreciation for your body, health, and the ancient wisdom that is at the root of each of these techniques.

Look for my series of upcoming posts on the benefits of each of these great mind-body methods.

  • Pilates
  • Yoga
  • Tai-Chi
  • Qi Gong / Chi Gung
  • Martial Arts
  • Meditation

And I’m curious to know… What’s your  #1 favorite Mind-Body Wellness method?  Answer the  survey, and if you have a moment – tell me why it’s your choice in the comment section below.

Posted by Aliesa George in Exercise and Fitness, Health, Meditation, Mind-Body Health, Pilates, Polls & Surveys, yoga.

And the Survey Says… "What's the #1 Reason You Workout?"

Well, here is the question of the day! [poll id=2]

There are so many different reasons that each of us is inspired to exercise.  And your inspiration might change throughout the year.  Finding the motivation factor to keep fit is one of the keys to success.

I believe that if you know what motivates you, you’ll be more apt to do whatever it takes to stick with your workouts.  And if your reason isn’t important enough…well you might workout occasionally, but not enough to really reap the benefits you’d like to achieve.

So take a moment to answer this question on my poll for the day.  And then on those rare and occasional moments when you’re feeling un-motivated, and un-inspired to “get your sweat on…” perhaps you can think back to your response to this survey and recommit to your self and your health to get your tennies on (or swim suit, or Pilates attire) and make the most of your workout!

If you’re one of those die-hard, “I never miss a workout” types – Congratulations, You are truly inspirational and it shows in your attitude, commitment, and physique.

I’d love to know the WHY behind your #1 reason too, but there’s not a fill-in the blank response on the poll form, so if you’re inspired to comment and share, please pop your thoughts into my comment form below.

Have a Fit & Fabulous Day!

Posted by Aliesa George in Exercise and Fitness, Health, Pilates, Polls & Surveys.