Variety is the spice of a healthy life

Most people know or have heard about cross training and how good it is for you.  Obviously, just as in a healthy diet, variety is not only yummy, but healthy too. Clearly the biggest advantage is that one sport may focus on certain muscle groups and another sport uses other muscles, giving you a more well-rounded total body training.

swimmingAlso, there could be different ” intentions” for different sports or ways of doing a sport. For example, you could jog for many good reasons: It’s a fabulous way to clear your head and be in nature.  You might be looking to burn fat and excess calories or working at a high level to improve your cardio vascular system…

Aside from keeping it refreshed and interesting, changing the way you workout makes it more effect for your body.  The human body is pretty clever and acclimates pretty quickly. By changing the moves, the muscles used in different ways and at different intensity level, keeps the juices flowing.

I love “mixing it up” in my Pilates classes, adding things from Jazz or Modern dance, yoga positions, thai chi moves and down home fitness exercises! I also love the way Pilates is multi-faceted and addresses different intentions during a class such as core strengthening, muscle toning, awareness building and stress reduction! But I DO encourage my peeps to go out and do other things as well.

webpic_0277870Most of the people at Studio KaMotion enjoy other activities as well, including dancing, biking, skiing swimming, jogging, golf, tennis and even horse back riding.  The nice thing is the Pilates training, while great in itself, really supports the other sports as well. Creating stability for more control and better balance, increasing range of motion for a more powerful and faster swing, good relaxation and focus for better aim or shots are just some of the benefits. I myself was so happy that working with the Pilates Apparatus fixed my pelvic instability enough for me to start jogging again!!

The bottom line is, we want to be healthy, full of vitality and do all the things we’d like to do- easily and pain- free!  A healthy eating plan, plenty of good sleep, less stress and an active lifestyle affords for that.  And of course, find something fun that feels great and gives you satisfaction!!