Yoga vs. Pilates
In David’s recent post on yoga someone raised the question of yoga or Pilates, which is better? My first exposure to Pilates was in 1990, when I met a guy who opened a fitness center for elite athletes in Boulder, Colorado. The center was all integrated approaches to helping the elite body stay injury free. There were boards to stand on for balance at the time known as “K boards,” but no traditional weight machines or typical PT equipment. In addition to the owner, who had PhD in kinesiology and exercise physiology, there were acupuncturists, massage therapists and a chiropractor.
In the midst of the large workout room there were pulley systems attached the wall, straps for resistance work and something called a Cadillac. When I asked about the Cadillac, in walked two regular clients and also professional triathletes, Mark Allen and Scott Tinley. Putting me on the floor next to these guys felt ridiculous! &...
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Like a lot of people, I hate to work out. Going to the gym seems like a chore and I’m great at coming up with excuses not to go, such as “It’s too far” or “I’m hungry. I’ll just make dinner first, and I have SO MANY other things to do.” My personal philosophy on exercise is that it should only be performed when disguised by nature or fun. So I have listed here a few ways that I have found to incorporate more exercise into my life.
1. Disguise walking with nature or a favorite other activity like window shopping.
I found a park near me with a walking and biking path that circles a pretty lake. I walk there on weekends to get out in the sun, enjoy the people watching and to disguise the workout by admiring the beautiful scenery.
Check out your city or county department of recreation, nature preserve, state park or bird sanctuary for planned nature walks and bird watching.
2. Buy or rent exercise videos.
Exercise videos do tend to get boring when watched repeatedly. But they ...
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