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Can Pilates help with Osteoporosis?

When there is not enough Calcium in the blood for muscle contraction, our bones release Calcium for this very important function. Everything we do relies on muscle contraction from blinking, breathing to the beating of our heart, therefore muscle contraction trumps bone health in the organisation in our bodies function. Osteoporosis occurs when bone mineral density declines. Not only is there a loss of bone mass but the quality of bone is poorer.

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Osteo = bone
Porosis = cavity formation

Osteoporosis Symptoms

There are no symptoms for osteoporosis, the two ways it is diagnosed is either through bone mineral density scan or through fracture. An individual over 60 years old that has a femoral fracture, has a 1 year mortality rate of 20%! This statistic is very concerning and is due to a spiral effect from hospitalisation, becoming sedentary, possible infections or other complications, moods impacted negatively etc.

With regards to dealing with osteoporosis, we not only want to build up the bones but it is critical to decrease risk of fracture. The best way to decrease the risk of fracture is through exercise and reformer Pilates is an ideal way to build this strength! Reformer Pilates incorporates building strength, balance and stability, all of which are important to avoid falls and in turn a possible fracture. There are no contraindications with regards to physical exercise and osteoporosis. Being as active as possible, including jogging or other ‘jumping’ sports are important for good bone health also.

 

Pilates and Osteoporosis

To keep osteoporosis at bay – exercises that load bones and high impact exercise help to increase bone density along with a healthy diet. Lifting heavy weights, high impact sports and exercises like Reformer HIIT, Met.Con and Intermediate Reformers sessions are all very beneficial for good bone health. Make it your mission to keep your bones as healthy as possible by maintaining a healthful, nutritious and alkaline diet along with high impact and weight training exercises 3 times per week.

 

Belinda Survilla is the Pilates & Co. studio manager and takes regular classes at the Miami studio, including orientation for new members.

Want to kick-start your fitness goals too? Come and see us at Pilates & Co. We offer a number of membership and class payment options, and if you’re new to our studio you can take advantage of our free orientation class and our 4 for $80 Introduction offer. You could get really serious and join our 6-week Transformation Challenge.

Not a Gold Coast resident but planning a trip to the Burleigh Heads or nearby? Purchase our 4 for $80 class visitor pass (valid for two weeks)Contact us if you need to find out more.

healthy food asian inspired food recipe

Healthy Food: Asian Inspired Zoodle Salad Recipe

Healthy food shouldn’t be difficult or expensive. There’s nothing better than a salad that’s quick to make and packed full of flavour. We love sharing healthy food ideas with our members at Pilates & Co. Try this Asian-inspired salad that also makes use of your zoodle grater or spiraliser. You will not be disappointed!

 

Asian Inspired Zoodle Salad

Many thanks to Mrids from Amealia for sharing this delicious and nutritious recipe with us. We love healthy food, so check out our other recipes too.

Total Time: 10 mins (how good is that!)
Serves 3-4

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Zucchini
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Tbsp Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tsp Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Clove Of Garlic Grated
  • 1 Tsp Grated Ginger
  • 1 Red Chilli Chopped up and 1 Squirt Of Mayo (Optional)
  • 1/2 Lemon or Lime
  • Basil to Dress
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste

 

METHOD

1. Spiralise the carrot, zucchini and cucumber to look like noodles. 
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2. Throw all the remaining ingredients in a mason jar or a container you have in hand and give it a good ol shake.
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3. Pour over the veggie noodles and toss to coat, top with Basil 
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4. Enjoy!!!

Try some of our other healthy food recipes.

Want to kick-start your fitness goals too? Come and see us at Pilates & Co. We offer a number of membership and class payment options, and if you’re new to our studio you can take advantage of our free orientation class and our 4 for $80 Introduction offer. You could get really serious and join our 6-week Transformation Challenge.

Not a Gold Coast resident but planning a trip to the Burleigh Heads or nearby? Purchase our 4 for $80 class visitor pass (valid for two weeks)Contact us if you need to find out more.

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Pilates and Posture 101

Pilates is great for posture, but it’s goo to know your postural type in order to benefit your practice.

Do You Know Your Postural Type?

 

The spine…it’s a beautiful structure, designed to support our bodies throughout life is segmented into 3 sections –

  1. Cervical with 7 smaller, finer vertebra with a slight concave shape
  2. Thoracic with 12 vertebrae with a slight convex shape
  3. Lumbar with 5 larger, more robust vertebra with a slight concave shape

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Attached to the lumbar spine is the pelvic girdle, consisting of the sacrum, coccyx (tailbone) and the pelvic bones. Your posture type is based on a group of muscle imbalances which change the shape of the spine and pelvis.

A normal or ‘ideal’ posture is desirable however our curves are all a little different based on our movement patterns, lifestyle, hereditary factors, stress levels and personality. Pilates is amazing at addressing postural imbalance in the body which in turn can release pain and improve quality of life. Knowing what postural type you are can help you to work more effectively in your Pilates sessions to help improve your posture.

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SWAYBACK POSTURE

Sway Backs generally need to strengthen

  • lower external obliques
  • hip flexors
  • mid and low trapezius

Sway Backs generally need to lengthen

  • pectorals (especially pec minor)
  • glutes
  • upper abdominals
  • hamstrings
  • SCM (sternocleidomastoid)

Pilates exercises perfect for you are – 

Roll Over, Breast Stroke Prep, Swan dive, salute, open elbows, toe taps, front splits

 

FLAT BACK POSTURE

Flat Backs generally need to strengthen

  • upper abdominals
  • hip flexors
  • lower back extensors

Flat Backs generally need to lengthen

  • lower abdominals
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
  • upper back

Pilates exercises perfect for you are –

front splits, ab prep, short spine, cat stretch, supine psoas pull

 

MILITARY POSTURE

Militaries generally need to strengthen

  • glutes
  • hamstrings
  • upper and lower abs

Militaries generally need to lengthen

  • upper back
  • lower back
  • hip flexors

Pilates exercises perfect for you are –

front splits, side leg work, supine psoas pull, ab prep

 

KYPHOSIS LORDOSIS POSTURE

K/L’s generally need to strengthen

  • lower abs
  • upper back
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
  • mid and low trapezius

K/L’s generally need to lengthen

  • lower back
  • upper back
  • hip flexors

Pilates exercises perfect for you are –

side leg work, toe taps, back rowing, front splits

It can be tricky to assess yourself! If you’d like to get a little more in-depth on your posture type and how to improve it, book a one on one appointment for an individual assessment.

 

Sources:
Bender, R. (2013) Breathe Pilates Mat and Reformer Applications Vol 1 & 2. Melbourne, VIC.
Kendall, H. (2005) Muscles: Testing and Function with Posture and Pain. Philadelphia, PA.

 

Belinda Survilla is the Pilates & Co. studio manager and takes regular classes at the Miami studio, including orientation for new members.

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Are you ready to Find Your Flow?

We are so excited to share with you our brand new challenge! Kick Spring off to an awesome start getting stronger, leaner and more flexible on our Find Your Flow Membership. Sign up for 30 days and you’ll receive 4 sessions every week. This challenge costs $60 per weeks (4 weekly payments on direct debit). You can attend any Pilates Reformer or Met.Con session at any time on this Membership

You are also invited to attend our Find Your Flow Workshop on Saturday September 3rd at 11am where Pilates & Co team members will share some of their awesome knowledge about health and nutrition. We will also get the challenge started early with a full circuit challenge utilising the cadillac, chair, barrel and reformers!

The best part about this challenge is that it doesn’t end after 3o days, you have the opportunity to keep feeling and looking amazing with the Find Your Flow Membership, these memberships are strictly limited.

Contact us to sign up or for more information.

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