Adapting Pilates for Our Longer Lives

Pilates on the Ball Blog by Colleen Craig

Sixty-five and up is the fastest growing age group in Canada. Why not increase your healthspan and not just your lifespan?

Rest as you go

As I was re-reading Greg Wells’ excellent book, Rest, Refocus, Recharge, (reviewed in last week’s blog), I remembered a trip I made to Italy early in my teaching career. I’d wanted to see where the fitness balls I used were manufactured. The factory was located near the small town of …

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Identifying goals; then growing mental habits that support them

Lately I’ve been dipping in and out of a book I loved the first time around: Rest, Refocus, Recharge by Toronto-based performance physiologist Greg Wells, PhD. A former athlete, Wells studies the science behind rest and recovery in exercise, and in life. His subtitle is A Guide for Optimizing your …

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Last month I turned 65

In August, my sixty-fifth birthday approached and passed. So? Age is just a number, and many of my students and friends are older than I am. Both of my parents are almost thirty years older. And how much can I comprehend from my experience of ageing, as compared to someone …

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The Psychology of Stretching

Every human being has his pet areas where he “grabs himself”—the back of the neck, the jaw, the knees, the abdominal muscles, the coccyx; no matter where the grasp takes hold, the muscles are held as tightly as possible, to keep the bones “fixed,” to give a sense of security …

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Stretching Through the Decades

Recently, near the end of one of my classes, I recited to my students the following quote– If you are in your fifties, you need to stretch five days a week.  If you are in your sixties, six days a week. And if you are in your seventies or older, …

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