Health and Wellness Pick of the Week: Pilatesology


Finding space in our busy schedules to add “gym time” can be challenging. One solution that works well for a growing number of people are virtual work-outs in the home. It saves travel time and is available anytime you are.

Created by the husband-and-wife team of Jack Coble and Alisa Wyatt, Pilatesology allows those with busy schedules and especially new moms to bring their mats and small pilates props with them anywhere or get and stay fit and healthy in the comfort of their own home. Should you have a pilates apparatus in your home, there are videos for that too!  Pilatesology is the one-stop for top notch pure pilates fitness classes available via most personal devices.

Multiple classes are offered in every pilates move you can think of, all taught by instructors trained by Joe Pilates himself – such as Mari Winsor who teaches Miley Cyrus, Alycea Ungaro longtime trainer to Christy Turlington and Chris Robinson who has worked with Oprah – or his legendary protégé, Romana Kryzanowska.

1To conveniently fit into busy schedules, classes are anywhere from 5 to 120 minutes in length so moms can still get their pilates in inbetween diaper changes, feedings, appointments, work and shuttling the carpool around!  And no worries about getting bored, new classes are added every week!  And if you’re not sure where you should start, there’s a handy beginner’s guide feature with a self guided tour that will help you determine which classes are best for you.

Getting your pilates on with Pilatesology is affordable at just $19 a month or $150 a year.

Pilatesology’s sister site, AthletiCulture is another one-stop for fitness training in the palm of your hands with classes on focused on Yoga, Barre, Functional Strength Training, Dance, Pilates and even Nutrition.

We have asked Pilatesology founder Alisa Wyatt, for a few wellness and fitness tips to assist in your workouts. 
Post gym habit that’s harming your body: 
Sugar. Our bodies need very little sugar and we eat waaaay to much of it. When you eat more sugar than you need, your body stores it as fat. Avoid sugar in general but especially in the 2 hours post workout. During that time, you body is busy producing hormones that repair and keep your body looking and feeling young. Sugar completely derails your hormone making process. A great post workout snack includes a small serving of protein and green vegetable, like a salad with chicken.
On common workout mistakes people make:
Static stretching before workouts. Stretching is great after a workout but if you do it when your muscles aren’t warmed up, it gives you what I call “old rubber band” muscles–your muscles stretch to the point of weakness and stay that way while you work out, which reduces your strength and power as well as sets you up for injury. Instead, you want to do a warm up that gets your blood moving and joints lubricated while giving you flexibility at the same time. Pilates does all 3 at once!
On the importance of incorporating more movement into your day-to-day routine, not just for weight loss/getting in shape, but overall  health and wellness:
Movement keeps the fluids in your body circulating and circulation is the key to longevity. Think of your body like a fish tank. If the pump on your fish tank stops working, the water stops circulating and stinky stuff starts to accumulate really fast. Want to have fresh, younger looking skin, healthy joints, regular digestion and enhanced moods? Circulate your blood every day!
Other tips that people can use to better utilize their time for fitness:
One of the easiest and least time consuming ways to get more fit is to think of daily life as a fitness opportunity. On the phone at work? Stand up and do lunges, simple calf raises, push ups against your desk, anything that gets hard after about 10 reps is great. If you set little goals for yourself each day it makes it fun. For example, when I travel I often set a goal to do 100 squats every day. I might do 10 while brushing my teeth, 10 while waiting for the elevator, and so on. Another way is to choose an exercise that’s hard for you as a goal. One of my clients is a grandfather and he keeps the goal of being able to get down to the floor gracefully without using his hands. He knows if he doesn’t do his daily exercise he quickly loses the strength, coordination and flexibility to do it and that keeps him motivated.
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