Everyday Exercises to Stretch and Strengthen Your Posture
The hazards of a sedentary lifestyle can easily be avoided according to this manual, which explains the effect sitting has on the muscles, offers advice on posture and provides clearly illustrated exercises, most of which can be performed at a desk. Focusing on different sections of the body and featuring exercise sequences, readers are encouraged to work out their own routine – and make it habitual.
The Complete Guide to Flexibility and Movement
Essential for the prevention of chronic pain, injuries and the improvement of muscle tone, stretching can also lower blood pressure, ease stress and increase alertness. This extensive collection of exercises is organized by body part, covering everything from the eyes to the toes, and includes sections on yoga, pregnancy and working with a partner. Each stretch is clearly photographed, with step-by-step instructions and an explanation of its benefits.
The 2 Meal Day
Burn Fat and Boost Energy Through Intermittent Fasting
Eating just two meals a day is a form of intermittent fasting that eliminates the need for calorie counting and can boost energy levels by helping the body to burn stored fat. Drawing on his own experience, personal trainer Max Lowery provides meal plans, exercises, advice on getting started and 75 recipes for lower and higher-carb meals, healthy snacks and desserts, from Spiced Rice to Two-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse.
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.
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.