The Wrinklies' Guide to Keeping Supple
New Pursuits for Old Hands
Discounting visits to the gym and running, Hales-Dutton emphasizes the importance of stretching to keep the muscles toned in later years, recommending activities that won’t strain the joints. A chapter on walking explains its health benefits, as well as how to do it properly. Swimming, cycling and yoga similarly have a chapter each, and the book includes dietary advice, simple exercises and daily suppleness challenges.
8 Techniques for a Safe Full-Body Workout
Joseph Pilates developed his method to align the body, encourage core strength and build muscles using specially devised apparatus. Practised improperly, however, Pilates’s moves can damage parts of the body. This guide, by a dance instructor and physical therapist, focuses on Reformer exercises and, using clear text and anatomical diagrams, describes eight movements, discusses how they could go wrong and suggests solutions.
Work Your Fascia to Free Your Body
Moving Stretch® is a form of resistance stretching that can relieve pain and help anyone, from athlete to office worker, feel relaxed, stronger and more flexible. It works by reshaping the ‘fascia’ – a network of connective tissue that holds our bodies together. Including background information and a questionnaire, this comprehensive guide gives clear descriptions of over 100 stretches with multiple photographs and tips for getting each exercise just right.
The Body of Myth
Mythology, Shamanic Trance and the Sacred Geography of the Body
With a focus on Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian mythology, this innovative investigation into the biological basis of myths and dreams enlarges on the work of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell. The author concludes that myths have their origins in esoteric descriptions of what occurs within the human body during shamanic trance, a natural state which was once at the core of religious experience but was then distilled into such spiritual practices as the Indian tradition of yoga.
Pilates Made Easy
From the Number One Women's Health Magazine
For those who want to practise Pilates regularly at home, this easy-to-follow guide provides a safe and effective programme suitable for all ages and all levels of fitness. There are concise instructions accompanying step-by-step photographs that demonstrate every exercise in beginner, intermediate and advanced workouts. The book includes a pull-out visual guide to use during a workout to see at a glance what comes next.
Yoga for Life
How to Stay Strong, Flexible and Balanced Over 40
Designed for the over 40s, this comprehensive guide to Yoga gives appropriate advice on posture, exercise, avoiding injury and finding inner calm. A founder of the Wellington Centre who has practised yoga since childhood, Fairley provides step-by-step, illustrated directions for a range of poses and sequences as well as suggestions for diet and help with a number of common problems, including headaches and sleeplessness.
The Complete Tai Chi Tutor
A Structured Course to Achieve Professional Expertise
Written by the Chairman of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain, this book is a complete guide to the art and practice of tai chi, from beginner to advanced level, and even through to practitioner-teacher. Docherty explores the history and principles of tai chi, decoding Chinese philosophical texts, before describing the 48 techniques with step-by-step photographs, and explaining how to use them in self-defence.
The Bottom Line
Pilates works by using low-impact exercises and stretches to build flexibility and muscle strength in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips and back, putting emphasis on developing a strong core and improving coordination and balance. This DVD and illustrated book, written and introduced by leading Pilates instructor Lynne Robinson, take you through a series of 20 simple routines focused on toning and shaping your bottom. Boxed set.