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Pilates or yoga: What is the difference?

Pilates or yoga: What is the difference?  Both Pilates and yoga involve relaxing and low-impact workouts which produce physical changes that benefit our health (e.g. improved strength and flexibility).  However, as the two forms of exercise continue to rise in popularity, so does the confusion between the different styles of workouts.  Similarities between Pilates and Yoga:  Low-impact workouts with an emphasis on bodyweight resistance  Target the body as a whole rather than specific muscle groups Multiple variations and class options…

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Low Back Pain

Low Back Pain Have you currently got low back pain or have you suffered from this before? You’re not alone! Low back pain is the leading cause of pain and disability globally, impacting 80-90% of the population.  Has this back pain ever occurred out of the blue with no known cause for the injury?  The following may help explain how…  Our spine consists of 24 separate segments (vertebrae) stacked on top of each other.  Between each vertebrae is an intervertebral…

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Knee Pain when you Squat or Run

Knee Pain When You Squat or Run?

Knee pain suddenly every time you squat or run? A ‘Be Activated’ approach to understanding knee pain Knee pain preventing you from progressing your squat weight? Knee pain becoming more common while running after increasing your frequency? If your system is fatiguing, then it is likely that your body is using compensating muscle groups to push that extra weight or run that extra mile.  When pain appears it shows that the body is struggling to compensate and recover efficiently. Fatigue…

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the benefits of pilates

The Benefits of Pilates

The Benefits of Pilates  What is Pilates? The benefits of Pilates – Pilates was originally designed by Joseph Pilates and is a low-impact, complete body exercise regime which is suitable to a wide range of populations [1].  The original Pilates design has been developed over the years and is now based around 6 key components [2]: 1) Centering:  Also known as our ‘core’ through which all movements begin and end with.  Pilates incorporates abdominal and back strengthening components to improve…

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