Dropping Weight Alleviates Joint Pain

Holly Furgason, Blue Sparrow Pilates, San Francisco, run, fitness, exercise, pilates, health

Let me break it down: it’s estimated that a force of nearly three to six times one’s body weight is exerted across the knee while walking.

Being only 10 pounds overweight increases the force on the knee by 30-60 pounds …

Exercises to Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Hand

Our hands and wrists are incredible pieces of engineering. Nearly every daily task we complete involves our hands in some way. As a result they can become overworked, tired, and sore. In this technological age, lets face it, most of …

The Salad Hater

Kale Salad

Sitting down to dinner at my house the other night, my good friend suddenly interrupted our conversation: “You made salad for me?  You know I’m a Salad Hater!”  She was smiling and sort of laughing, but I could tell she …

Taming the Psoas

Active Psoas Stretch

Constructive RestThe psoas is very susceptible to being tight because of our daily activities. Sitting for long periods of a the time at the computer, driving, running and even exercise. Pilates can help bring the psoas back to a relaxed, responsive …

The Mysterious Psoas

Psoas

Psoas

Do your clients have trouble understanding what you mean when you talk to them about their psoas? Everyone has heard the word Psoas used when referring to core muscles or hip flexors but what, really, is the Psoas?

The Psoas …

Exercise Reduces Cognitive Decline

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lAs we age our memory decline. New research shows that performing regular aerobic and resistance training can reduce cognitive impairment. The researchers concluded that endurance training, weight training, and aerobic training has different benefits to memory. So if you want …

What’s the Deal with Muscle Cramps?

Cramps

CrampsIf you frequently get muscle cramps when you exercise or in the middle of the night, dehydration is a likely cause. If you don’t have enough fluids, your body will lose electrolytes like sodium, potassium, calcium. Deficient electrolytes causes muscle …

Eat to Live or Live to Eat?

fruits and vegetables

The film Forks Over Knives explores the benefits of eating a whole-foods plant-based diet, which means ditching processed food, refined sugar, meat and dairy whilst trading them for all fruits, legumes and vegetables. It questions the “normal” american diet and …

Be Fit to Stay Frisky

Recently one of my students who is in her seventies said, “If you want to age well, you cannot stop doing anything– not even for a second! I’m doing more now than I was 15 years ago.”  Every week she …

Don’t Pull Your Hammy

Hamstrings

HamstringsStretching is important for our muscles’ health. There are two kinds of stretching important to understand: dynamic and static stretching.

Dynamic Stretching increases range of movement, blood and oxygen flow to soft tissues prior to working out. Dynamic stretching before …