Will Pilates Help You Lose Weight?

Pilates is a popular fitness trend. People who participate in this activity know it can help them strengthen and elongate their muscles, but there are many who also wonder if it is an effective way to lose weight. While the right combination of diet and exercise will help you shed pounds, will Pilates be as effective as a cardio workout when it comes to weight loss?

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Pilates for Lower Back Pain

Just google "Pilates for Back Pain", and COUNTLESS articles will come up, as Pilates exercises are extremely effective for increasing core strength and thus alleviating lower back pain and discomfort.

But what the articles don't tell you is that Pilates in and of itself is not magical:  PILATES EXERCISES MUST BE DONE PROPERLY IN ORDER TO BE EFFECTIVE. In fact, doing Pilates with poor form can often have the opposite effect and actually CAUSE lower back pain.

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Making Self-Care a Daily Routine

Guest post by Kevin Devoto

A wise individual once said, “An empty lantern provides no light. Self-care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly”. Are you constantly on the go? Do you tend to lose yourself in the translation of life? If so, it may be time for you to introduce a self-care regimen into that active life of yours.  

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Fanatical About Fiber

When it comes to Fiber, some people tend to go crazy. So what exactly is fiber? Well, according to HelpGuide.org, "fiber, also known as roughage, is the part of plant-based foods (grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and beans) that the body can't break down. It passes through the body undigested, keeping your digestive system clean and healthy, easing bowel movements, and flushing cholesterol and harmful carcinogens out of the body." As you can see, fiber provides a lot of benefits to the human body.

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Transversus Abdominis

How to Strengthen your Core and Prevent Lower Back Pain

Unlike the Pecs, Glutes or Triceps, the Transversus Abdominis is not a vanity muscle!  

Nor is it a muscle of absolute strength. 

BUT!  It is one of the most important muscles that you can train, both for strength and endurance. 

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