May 052014
 

Every one loves a strong core – you want that 6-pack, the flat belly – it’s the number 1 request I get in classes! You want to rid yourself of back pain and feel strong throughout your whole body!

Sure, I say because I know that I will be improving your posture, reducing any back pain you may have, provide you with better balance and make breathing easier for you.

Remember though that there is more to your core than the ripples everyone is seeking (well not everyone!).  They are your pelvic floor muscles (love the pelvic tilts we do in Pilates),  the lower back muscles, squeezing your rectum, and all around your midsection (if you want proper anatomy check out another site – I’m keeping this light).

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Mar 142014
 

Intermittent Fasting: How to Enhance Your Body’s Ability to Burn Fat – by Dr. Mercola

Joan holding up her pants

Intermittent fasting is a powerful approach to eating that is becoming very popular because it can help you lose weight without feeling hunger, and help reduce your risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. If done correctly, intermittent fasting can also lead to better sleep and lots of energy.

So far, research overwhelmingly supports this notion that ditching the “three square meals a day” approach in favor of intermittent fasting may do wonders for your health. This type of scheduled eating was practiced by our ancestors, since they did not have the frequent access to food that we have now.

 

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