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Fight the cold war – with exercise

A new study shows that being active and fit can help fight off bacterial and viral infections, such as colds and the flu. So keep moving this winter and help your body fight and heal!And

Tiffany who has been doing Pilates with the UBC team had this to say,

“this study related well to humans. It’s important to determine the exercise level in humans and intensity levels. Being active and keeping fat cells low is great, but elite athletes can swing too far and increase their inflammatory response beyond beneficial levels when they have inadequate recovery between workouts. That being said, most athletes do tend to have an easier time with colds etc when their training/recovery are in balance”  Certainly Pilates is a fabulous training and recovery tool for folks of all levels and abilities!

Article below by Gretchen Reynolds for the New York Times

How Exercise May Help us Fight off Colds

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A Fresh Food Revolution for Canada

A food revolution is coming to Canada. Trudeau’s government will actually be working with the Minister of Agriculture to provide healthy, good quality options for all Canadians. “Amazingly, fewer than four nations in the world (Wales, Scotland, Sweden and Finland) have ever adopted anything resembling a genuine food policy, and no large industrially advanced nation has even tried to come close.” – Article by WAYNE ROBERTS for Rabble.ca

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/wayne-roberts/2015/11/trudeaus-government-to-grab-right-end-food-stick#.VlYcsXOUXfI.facebookmacauly

Never Sit Still

Kids need a varied activity schedule in their week to stimulate their bodies and mids. This article inThe Guardian is saying that more movement actually equals better behaviour and better grades! If your child’s school doesn’t offer a regular PE program that provides different stimulation and challenges, consider encouraging another movement practice in their day.

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/nov/21/schools-education-teaching-exercise-better-learners

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Movement is Everything

One of our resident Pilates experts, Cinzia Toniolo, comments on the benefits of Pilates, and exercise in general, for a healthy body. She comments on the fitness profile of Ethel LaBranche, an 86 year old woman who still exercises 6 days a week and teaches Pilates to Cancer patients. View the video below from the Dallas Morning News and prepare to be impressed!

Fitness Profile: At 86, she still works out six days a week

“Ms. LaBranche’s lifelong  commitment to movement speaks to the prominence that exercise should have in our life.
Movement elongates, strengthens, relaxes, invigorates, nourishes, repair, and renews all our tissues, including the cells in our brain.Movement bring clarity and sharpness to our minds and smoothness and lightness to our emotions.
Scientific studies prove the benefits of exercises on many health conditions, including neurological disease such as Parkinson’s. Aerobic exercise has great benefits for cancer patients and survivors, and even helps preventing recurrences of the disease.
I am lucky. I see the benefits of exercise in my Pilates clients.  Their commitment and perseverance stems from improvements in flexibility, strength, coordination, energy, and from renewed connections they build between their own body and mind. They too, just as Ms. LaBranche, do it because it makes them feel better.”

-Cinzia Toniolo

 

Ever wonder where “Meat Free Mondays” came from?

Check out the one and only Paul McCartney rapping about the #meatfreemonday pledge. The proud vegetarian is an active promoter of the ‘Meat Free Movement’ to try and get people to eat fewer animal products and cut meat consumption down to one day a week.

There are some amazing vegetarian and vegan recipes available; so if you decide to make #meatfreemondays part of your week, we’ve got some rockin recipes from our in house nutritionist Veganomical Living (http://veganomical.com/). Jam packed with vitamins and yes, even protein! These are worth adding to your cooking regime.

http://time.com/3418686/paul-mccartney-vegetarian/

The Men of Pilates

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The men that arrive at the Pilates studio often find their way to our door because a wife or girlfriend suggests it, or from the recommendation of a physiotherapist. Most don’t know what to expect from a session and some come with the idea that it’s going to be easy. Really easy.
Whatever impetus initiated their first step into the studio, the men are always the ones to stick it out for the long haul. 
They begin to understand the important balance between strength and flexibility and how a visually ripped 6-pack does not necessarily equal true core strength. They laugh when they realize that a demonstrated exercise is much harder than they expected and that they can’t rely on brute force to make it happen. Men are the first to ask questions about how they can transfer the Pilates concepts into their daily activities and favourite sports, and always enthusiastically tell you how genuinely great they feel after a session. 
The men of pilates know that it is the groundwork for how they can move through life better and they are often the best advocates for the work that we do. 

UNC Paws: The Power of Cute

Universities have tried this sort of therapy for stressed students, allowing “puppy petting stations” and found that students were calmer and more relaxed after a few minutes of kanine time. Neuro-scientists are now training them to help with veterans suffering from PTSD.

Dogs are able to be our eyes, our ears and now, help ease our minds. These amazing creatures really are a best friend.

-UNC Health Care via Neuroscience News

Puppy Power: Using Puppies to help Veterans with PTSD

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Post-natal Fitness

Diastasis recti is something that a lot of women face post-pregnancy. What not everyone knows, is that is can start before pregnancy and last for months if not years afterwards. Diastasis recto affects the lower back and pelvis as well, and can cause hip pain and a weak pelvic floor. We help a lot of women through this transition, at The Movement Studio and Envision Physiotherapy. Re-stabilizing the core after pregnancy is important for any woman, but with DR there can be additional pain trouble with core strength, that doing crunches just won’t fix.

Read more about what DR is and how you can combat it to get your body back on track.

Article by Julie Revelant of Fox News

Diastasis Recti – The real reason you have a post-pregnancy belly bulge

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The Pelvic Floor: What are Your Thoughts on Kegels vs. Squats?

Most women have been told at one point or another that Kegels should part of their everyday; something they should practice from a young age to help strengthen their pelvic floor. In this article Nicole Crawford takes a look at Kegels vs. squats and tighter vs. stronger. A very interesting read for any woman.

http://breakingmuscle.com/womens-fitness/stop-doing-kegels-real-pelvic-floor-advice-for-women-and-men

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