Health and Wellbeing

How To Get On and Off The Floor – Pilates Fitness Article

How To Get On and Off The Floor Does the idea of being on the floor give you cause for concern? This subject has been coming up a lot over the last few months. Barring an injury, most people should be able to get down onto the floor and back up without needing someone else to help. Often, as we age, we lose some mobility and this is a big one for me. I have heard many times, “Why would…

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How To Prevent an ACL Tear – Pilates Fitness Article

How To Prevent an ACL Tear Did you know that the strength of the muscles around the knee have a LOT to do with helping you prevent an ACL tear? Let us go a little into the anatomy and you’ll understand why. The knee is an inherently unstable joint.. it’s basically a femur (thigh bone) stacked on top of the tibia (main lower leg bone)… and that’s about it.  Just kidding… kind of. That really is the basic structure. The fibula…

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Should I Do Stretches for Lower Back Pain? – Workout Fitness Article

As a physical therapist and pilates instructor, clients often ask me “Should I do stretches for lower back pain?” You may have even asked the same question before. Believe me, it’s a common question and you’re not alone.  Around 80% of adults will experience lower back pain at some point in there lives. Over 25% of adults surveyed have reported experiencing lower back pain during the past 3 months.   Most times, lower back pain is acute, or short term, and…

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Staying Fit in Hot Weather – Workout Fitness Article

Now that summer is here, how do you stay fit in hot weather?  As someone who much prefers to be outside doing aerobic exercise rather than indoors, I always have trouble adjusting to the increased temperature come June.  Follow these tips to keep your sweat at bay while still getting a great workout in. Stay hydrated and protect your skin!   High heat and humidity means that we get dehydrated much faster, so it’s important to make sure you are drinking…

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Pilates for Tight Hamstrings – Pilates In The Grove – Workout Fitness Article

“My hamstrings are so tight” is one of the most common complaints we hear from clients. It is estimated that Americans spend an average of 12 hours per day sitting. With the amount of time most people remain sedentary rising every year it is no wonder more and more people are suffering from stiff and achy leg muscles.  We have had great results with clients practicing Pilates for tight hamstrings. The Problem with Tight Hamstrings: The hamstring muscle group is…

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Do Pets Help with Mental Health? – Workout Fitness Article

#ItsNotMyDog It was the beginning of March when my son asked me to go to the backyard to introduce me to the dog he and his dad had bought and flown from Kansas…..What? At that moment I started walking like Darth Vader in a hallway of the Devastator, breathing heavily, the vein on my forehead popping and my blood pressure rising. I could not believe they had gotten a dog without consulting me!  I had been postponing having a dog…

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