Sport Series: Yoga & Pilates


If you are looking for an alternative to traditional exercise methods, we recommend practicing Yoga and Pilates. They are methods that have many similarities and that together will help you strengthen, tone, and relax your muscles effectively.
Sources: Mayo Clinic and Better Health Channel.

Yoga

Yoga is a complementary and alternative medical practice that focuses on the mind-body connection. Yoga combines your physical and mental disciplines to help you reach body and mind harmony, allowing you to relax and manage tension and anxiety. 
Benefits:
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  • Stress reduction- With its quiet, precise movements, yoga draws your focus away from your busy, chaotic day and toward calm as you move your body through poses that require balance and concentration.

  • Increased fitness- As you learn and refine new poses, you may enjoy improved balance, flexibility, range of motion, and strength. Ultimately, this means you are less likely to injure yourself in other physical endeavors or during your daily activities.

  • Management of chronic health conditions- Yoga can help with a variety of health conditions, such as cancer, depression, pain, anxiety, and insomnia, by helping with sleeping problems, fatigue, and mood. Yoga can also help reduce your heart rate and blood pressure.

  • Weight loss- If you are overweight or have a binge-eating disorder, yoga may help you make healthy lifestyle changes.

Pilates

Pilates (or the Pilates technique) is a calisthenics, yoga, and ballet-inspired series of 500 exercises. Pilates stretches and lengthens all of the body's major muscle groups in a balanced manner. It promotes body awareness, flexibility, strength, and balance.

Benefits:

By practicing Pilates regularly, you can achieve a number of health benefits, including:

  • Improved core strength and stability
  • Improved posture and balance
  • Improved flexibility
  • Prevention and treatment of back pain
  • rehabilitation or prevention of injuries related to muscle imbalances
  • improved physical coordination and balance
  • relaxation of your shoulders, neck, and upper back 

Tools and resources:

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