Weight Loss Decisions for 2018

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Weight loss is on lots of minds coming into 2018. The commercials about New Year’s resolutions are already starting. Last month I shared my weight loss journey and received many calls asking : “how did you lose so much weight?” and “how are you keeping it off?”. This month I will share my list of “Making Healthier Decisions” and hope that it will inspire you to live healthier in 2018 and beyond.
***Disclaimer***I am not a dietician nor a weight loss ...
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What is it like to Lose 1/3 of Your Body Weight?

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What is it like to lose 1/3 of your body weight? When I look at my photos from before 2009, it seems like I’m looking at someone else. In fact, my first wake-up call was when I got the photos back from my daughter’s wedding. I didn’t recognize myself- I hadn’t realized how overweight I had become and those photos embarrassed me. That was the beginning of my weight loss journey. I was taking Pilates lessons twice a week at ...
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Is Sitting the New Smoking? Pilates Can Help Add Years to Your Life!

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sitting-is-new-smokingAmericans are sitting more now than ever. According to Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative and inventor of the standing desk, we lose two hours of living for every hour that we sit.  He found that people who mostly sat and were inactive were more likely gain weight, get diabetes, have heart attacks and develop ...

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Pilates and Pregnancy-Preventing Diastasis Recti

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Pregnancy is an exciting and transformative time in women’s lives. Hormones create many changes including fatigue, nausea, mood shifts, backaches and sleep disruptions. Daily activities like exercise need to adapt to the growing baby yet maintain the health and well-being of the mom. I am frequently asked about whether it’s safe to start or continue doing Pilates during pregnancy as well as when it’s safe to begin exercise after the baby’s delivery.

First, always consult with your physician- s/he knows you ...

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Pilates Day Phoenix 2017 is a Wrap!

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Pilates Method Alliance Pilates Day Phoenix 2017 was a great success! Observed in the beginning of May around the world, Pilates Day is an annual, international, community event. The Pilates Day mission is to foster the public’s appreciation and awareness of the Pilates Method through a network of varied, innovative and quality events. As a proud member of the PMA and a PMA-Certified Pilates Teacher, I am always excited to present wonderful benefits of Pilates to the community. At BellaBody Pilates, ...

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Pilates for Neurological Conditions is Coming!

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Feeling excited to be hosting this terrific program! Led by Mariska Breland, there are instructors coming from Canada, California, Utah and all parts of Tucson to attend this. Looking forward to sharing ideas and learning so many new skills to help my clients. The course covers working with people who have Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, stroke and other neurological conditions. I can’t wait to post some great info!

The Benefits of Pilates

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What kind of benefits can one expect from practicing the Pilates Method? Pilates can help keep the body supple, strong, maintaining good balance and posture. Pilates focuses on controlled breathing and quality of movement. Unlike conventional workouts that emphasize quantity of repetitions with heavy weights that work the extremities (arms and legs), Pilates sessions work to build a strong “core”– deep abdominal muscles along with muscles close to the spine. The exercises are low-impact and weight-bearing performed lying down, sitting ...

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Pilates for Every Body

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magic-circle-mat-classThere has been a lot of buzz lately on Pilates Facebook pages and Pilates magazines about what a “Pilates Body” looks like. Most people associate Pilates enthusiasts as skinny starlets rushing out of studios toting  venti Starbucks.  I want to take this month’s column to share a secret with you: Every Body is a Pilates Body. What do I mean by that? ...

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Video: Six Exercises to Improve your Balance

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Here are the six exercises that were prepared for the Good Morning Arizona segment on bone health a few weeks back. Spending just a few minutes a day performing these easy moves will help you gain better body awareness, improve your balance and strengthen your core. All you need is a non-slip surface to stand on and if your balance is a bit shaky, a sturdy chair, railing or counter to hold on to. It is best to practice these ...

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