Sitting and Quality of Life!

Sitting for extended periods of time throughout the day has been linked with increased risk of health problems and even with death. A new study from BMC Public Health (2013: 13[1071]) says that quality of life may also suffer in people who sit for long periods.
The large study included 194,545 Australian men and women aged 45 and older who were randomly selected from the Medicare Australia database. Participants answered questions about physical activity levels and intensity, daily sitting time, and feelings of health and quality of life.

Of those surveyed, 16.5% reported excellent overall health and 25.7% reported excellent quality of life. Women who sat the least were more likely to report greater overall health and quality of life. The same was true for the most physically active women.
“The study’s findings bolster evidence (that it is beneficial) to increase moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and decrease time spent sitting (in order to promote) better health and…successful aging,” said the authors.

“What’s the bottom line? If you have a job that requires long periods of sitting, set a timer every half an hour (or whatever works for your job) and get up and get moving for five minutes. That movement can include stretches, walking, going up or down a set of stairs, pushups, sit-ups, or anything that gets you out of your static position.”

Excerpted from IDEA Fitness Journal, April 2014.

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Latest Schedule Posted

It’s spring and everyone is starting to see signs in their gardens, at their bird feeders and Equipment areaaround town.  Everyone at the studio is happy to see these signs.  We just wanted to let you know that our latest schedule has been posted on the website.  There are plenty of opportunities for equipment classes and mat classes to get you revved up and ready to tackle all those spring projects and outdoor activities.  Here are the links to those schedules, take a peek!  We are sure there is class just right for YOU!

Remember to contact the studio in advance to reserve a space in equipment classes.

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Happy Holiday’s!

tree copyFrom everyone at the studio, we want to wish you a wonderful holiday!  From our family to yours,

Steve, Sonia, Helen and Kyanne

Remember that the Studio is closed for the rest of the week!  We are open Monday and Tuesday until noon.  Closed New Years Day and open Thursday and Friday with our normal schedule!



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Why come to a Mat Pilates Class and what does it focus on?

It’s Thursday January 2nd, you are looking at your New Year resolutions to get mat pilatesmore exercise and get back into the studio.  Guess what we have a 9am mat class to start you on your way.  If you haven’t done a mat class before here are some reasons why.  If you have here are some reminders.  The cost of mat classes are less, especially with a punch pass and Sonia is great about changing them up.  A few weeks ago we even did some TRX in one of the classes.  It is never boring and always a great core workout.  Many think it get’s the core, your powerhouse, even better than equipment.  Plus you can target specific area’s like upper body or arms!

Mat Pilates is a form of exercise that is done on the floor. It utilizes the core (which helps with stability and teaches you control), lengthens your muscles and strengthens you from the inside out. It focuses on internal obliques, stablizers in your spine and is very flowing, it’s a non stop (work out). It targets every single muscle in your body and aligns muscles and joints. It focuses on core control. Joseph Pilates called it ‘contrology’. You teach your mind to control your body instead of your body controlling your mind. In Mat Pilates you use your weight as resistance, on equipment you have the springs and pulleys to help guide you.

“In 10 sessions, you will feel the difference. In 20, you will see the difference. And in 30, you’ll be on your way to having a whole new body.”

– Joseph Pilates

We hope to see you there bright and early, Thursday morning to start your year off right!  Remember, 9am mat class, put it on you schedule NOW!




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Announcements and Holiday Schedule.

Steve still has coffee for sell for the Salida Sunrise Rotary Club. Stop  by the studio,  get a bag and support our local students.  Cost is $10 per pound for this special roast, done by  Brown Dog Roasters.

The Studio is closed from noon on December 24th thru the remainder of the week.  We will also be closed from noon on New Years Eve and New Years day.  We will be open the January 2nd and 3rd with our normal schedule.

After January 1st, Thursday 5:30 Mat Class will be cancelled.


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Today is Joseph Pilates Birthday

960220_10152123323898377_213050042_nJoseph Pilates, know as the father of Pilates, was a true visionary.  Here are a few of his most famous quotes:

“The acquirement and enjoyment of physical well-being, mental calm and spiritual peace are priceless to their possessors if there be any such so fortunate living among us today. However, it is the ideal to strive for, and in our opinion, it is only through Contrology that this unique trinity of a balanced body, mind, and spirit can ever be attained.”

Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. Our interpretation of physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.”

“Physical fitness is: “the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure”

“Patience and persistence are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor.”

“I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.”Joe said this one year before he died at the age of 87.

Happy Birthday Joseph!


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Holiday Schedule

The Studio will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, on Thursday the 28th and Friday the 29th.  We wish everyone a wonderful holiday weekend with friends and family!

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