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Why Is One Leg Stronger Than the Other?

Have you ever paid attention to the way you're standing while waiting for the subway to arrive or the dog to finish sniffing the yard? If you have, then you've noticed that most of us carry our body weight more on one foot than the other. We repetitively stand on one leg and the other leg...

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6 Exercises That Strengthen Your Feet

Have you ever exercised your feet? Most people look pretty puzzled when I ask them this question. They don't realize that there are specific exercises you can do to strengthen your feet. They put up with their fallen arches or bunions as something that "is the way it is." Some...

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How to Improve Hip and Ankle Mobility with a Half Roller

This 12x3 inch piece of foam has saved me on several occasions. It's such a useful tool, I even bring it with me on trips, especially when I'm planning on hiking for several days.

I've put together a short video showing my favorite exercises with the short half roller.

  • Calf Squeeze
  • Hip, Leg and...
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How to Teach a Pilates Beginner

I love hobbies (like gardening, painting, crocheting, and knitting) that calm the mind and turn us into more peaceful human beings. I find that any repetitive movement is meditative.

It’s tremendously rewarding to create something with our hands. Nowadays most of our work doesn’t show...

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Pilates for Cycling

Cyclists can benefit greatly from a regular Pilates practice. Not only are they spending the usual (too many) hours sitting in a chair, at work, in the car or at home (like most of us), but they also spend their time on the bike in a seated position. This means hamstring, calf, and hip...

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Pilates for Hiking

Agility, hip and ankle range of motion, ankle stability, and balance are some of the most important movement skills for hiking. Others are:

  • Landing softly on the joints of your lower extremities
  • Hip range of motion for long or high steps up and down
  • Agility for Footing: the...
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The Best Stretch after Running, Hiking, and Cycling

Have you ever felt your lower back or the sides of your hip ache after a long hike, bike ride, or run? I’m sure you do your lunge (hip flexor stretch) and a hamstring stretch religiously after each workout, am I right? Do you still feel that tightness at the sides of the hips?

The reason...

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Pilates Mat Exercises with a Yoga Belt

As much as we love Pilates mat work on its own, adding props can be a very beneficial way to add some variety. Depending on how you use them, they can make an exercise more challenging or they can assist you through challenging movements. 

The yoga belt can increase your abdominal...

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Pilates Mat Exercises with Hand Weights

As much as we love Pilates mat work on its own, adding props can be a fun way to add some variety. Depending on how you use them, they can make an exercise more challenging or they can assist you through challenging movements. 

The exercises below use hand weights. Try them out and let...

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Pilates Mat Exercises with the Magic Circle

As much as we love Pilates mat work on its own, adding props can be a fun way to add some variety. Depending on how you use them, they can make an exercise more challenging or they can assist you through challenging movements. 

The exercises below use a Magic Circle. Try them out and...

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