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Allison’s Interview for La Dolce Studio

I started teaching very young, I grew up in family educators and I vowed at a young age I would never do that. Never say never. I love what I do, and I am so thankful for my clients and instructors. I have taught everyone over the last 15 plus years the young the old,

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Great Ways to Improve on Yourself in 2021

The pandemic has been raging around us for more than a year now, and for many, self-care has fallen off the radar. It’s hard to be motivated to take good care of yourself when you’re stuck inside all the time. Plus, the stress of living in such a tumultuous time is wearing on us all. 

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A working-from-home workout: 5 simple barre moves to keep you toned

Skipping the studio needn’t mean skipping a workout. When working from home it’s important to keep moving regularly. Here are six simple moves to help tone and trim the body from the safety of your living room. No equipment (or actual barre) required. Move 1: Ballet squat moving up an inch, down an inch 1.

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Saying Yes To You

Taking time to care for ourselves on a basic and personal level is something we often put off or dismiss as we don’t consider it a priority in our busy lives. However, self-care has physical, mental, and emotional health benefits that can have an overall positive impact on the way we live our lives. While

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Mindful Breathing: How to

The most basic way to do mindful breathing is to focus your attention on your breath, the inhale and exhale. You can do this while standing, but ideally, you’ll be sitting or even lying in a comfortable position. Your eyes may be open or closed, or you can maintain a soft gaze, with your eyes partially closed but not

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5 Ways to Combat Winter Blues

It’s mid-February and most of us are feeling the winter blues in full force, especially for those of us in the north east. As if winter wasn’t already tough enough on our mental health, this year we are dealing with a lack of socialization due to the pandemic, making us feel exceptionally lonely, stir crazy,

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5 Ways For Finding Your Inner Confidence

Improving confidence in your outer appearance tends to be easier than fixing your inner image. Getting a haircut, putting on a nice outfit, and for those edgy individuals, getting a few tattoos are easy ways to improve confidence in what you look like. And while that can help overall self-esteem, gaining inner confidence may require

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Why Your Posture Matters

Are you sitting down and reading this post? If so (and your shoulders are curled and slouched), that poor posture could be taking a toll on your health. Most of us take it for granted, but how we sit, stand, and walk make a difference in how we look and feel. Moving your body more

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2021: The Year of a Healthier You

2021 is finally here, who is rejoicing in their seat right now? There’s no point beating around the bush, it’s been a really hard year for a huge amount of people, and 2021 has given us a glimmer of hope in a very dark time. It’s been a bit of a bumpy start so far,

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italic AURA HIGH WAISTED 7/8 LEGGINGS

Now more than ever, we need that endorphin rush that comes with a good workout. Enter new Aura 7/8 Leggings—made of premium moisture-wicking materials and suited for every workout. ⠀ Felt great I took them for a spin in at home barre class this week. They were comfortable stayed in place. They great flattering seams.

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How to break the streak of not exercising!

For many of us, 2020 has been…a lot. When the new normal feels anything but, something has to give. Work, family obligations, or self-care may have gotten bumped down a few notches on the to-do list. While some people are using quarantine to up-level their fitness routines (and document each morning run or streaming Barre

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Hello 2021

2021 You could not have come soon enough! At the end of a year, business leaders, spiritual gurus, and even therapists highly recommend reflecting and reviewing all that occurred within that year. For an individual it enables them to take a ‘bird-eye’s view’ and look at the whole picture, seeing the details of small accomplishments,

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12 Days of Fitmas

New Zip-Up Hoodie (s -xl) 2 Sweatshirts (Medium and Large) Loops Healthy for YOU On-Demand Video Series Rollers Rolling Balls Legging Tank Tops Intro Packages Tee Shirts Swell bottles Gift Cards

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How to Create Pandemic-Friendly Fitness Goals for the New Year

It may be the most common New Year’s resolution of all time: exercise more. While gym memberships tend to quadruple every January, 2021 will likely follow a different trend. With many gyms still closed and others operating at limited capacities, fitness routines for many will be carried out at home.  Online live classes from studios

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Apple Cider Vinegar: The Ins and Outs

It’s something that your mother or grandmother definitely has lying around somewhere in the pantry. Sour, but with the tartness of fresh apples, it’s a homemade remedy that seems to be able to cure anything from stomachaches to acne. But what does apple cider vinegar really do, and should you be taking it?  In our

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Give the Gift of Pilates & Barre

Give the Gift of Pilates & Barre Have you ever wanted to share your Absolute Pilates experience with your family and friends, and help them find the power and positive changes that you’ve found in your Pilates practice? Maybe you have friends or family who live far away or can’t find time to drop by.

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Pilates for MS: Exercises for Better Balance and Coordination

Exercise and physical activity are important to your health and well-being. If you have multiple sclerosis (MS), a condition where the immune system attacks the protective sheath that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between the brain and the rest of your body, you may find that exercise isn’t as easy as it once

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Top Tips for Staying Healthy This Holiday Season

The holiday season is a time of celebration and indulgence. But all the wonderful things that make the holidays great — large meals, rich desserts, elaborate appetizers, and the freedom to laze around the house all day — can wreak havoc on your health. Even if you’re careful to practice healthy habits through the winter,

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Absolute Pilates @home for all

Have you ever wanted to share your  Absolute Pilates experience with your family and friends, and help them find the power and positive changes that you’ve found in your Pilates practice? Maybe you have friends or family who live far away or can’t find time to drop by. Perhaps you’ve even encouraged them to find

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Improving Yourself: What You Need To Know

Self-improvement might seem like a selfish concept, especially during this difficult time, however, it is one of the best ways to continue to grow as a person. Although daunting, by making small adjustments to your daily life you can better achieve your goals and feel good about yourself.  If you want to become a healthier

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Last Call For Planksgiving! Your reason to end the year strong.

The plank strengthens your spine, your rhomboids and trapezius, and your abdominal muscles, which naturally result in a strong posture as they grow in strength. Developing your posture can improve on a number of ailments, and prevent the onset of other ones. Good posture means you’re keeping your bones aligned. We all want to go in 2021 ahead Friends, we’ve got under 60

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A Guide to Incorporating Fitness Into Your Everyday Self-Care

If you find that you have trouble cramming a regular fitness routine into your busy schedule, you aren’t alone. One survey of some 2,000 American adults found that nearly half of respondents wanted to exercise but didn’t have time to do so regularly. It’s important to find ways to incorporate physical activity into your general

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Why Is A Mini-Trampoline A Perfect At-Home Work Out Equipment?

Having a mini-trampoline at home is currently one of the coolest and the best things you can, especially if you are a fitness freak. Trampoline is no longer an item for kids, but it’s for adults too, particularly the mini-trampolines.  The mini-trampolines vary in sizes and prices, as well. They come in 36-48 inches. The

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Holiday Retail Sale

1 item $40 2 items $75 3 items, $100 4 items $125 To shop from home check out my posh mark store. Prices above for all studio clients just text or email Allison to purchase.  Shop more of my closet on Poshmark

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7 Reasons Why Every Pregnant Woman Should Try Pilates

Description: Pregnancy doesn’t come with a manual, and it often becomes confusing to women whether to carry on with the gym or relax at home until the period is over. There are necessary exercises like pilates, which are very healthy and beneficial during pregnancy. Expecting an additional member of the family is always thrilling and,

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5 Promising Ways to Dramatically Improve Gut Health

Your stomach controls everything. From skin health, sex drive, reproductive health, hormones, mood, brain health, and immune system; practically everything depends on the gut health. The gut works via the ENS (Enteric nervous system) whose main purpose is to regulate digestion. But, it also has commutative pathways with the brain through which it controls the

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Got Computer Slouch? There’s a Simple Fix That Feels Fantastic…

If a rounded upper spine or computer slouch is on your mind, you definitely want to read further.A primary reason the upper spine slouches forward in the first place has a lot to do with arms—what’s done with them, and more importantly, what’s NOT. When’s the last time you used your arms to hold the

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September Deep Breaths

Okay, so I know it’s controversial since it is still September, but I will just get it out of the way now… at this moment, I have a spiced pumpkin candle burning, I am sipping my pumpkin spice coffee and I had some pumpkin spice cream cheese today. I am that person. But, here’s the thing —

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Pre and Post Natal Pilates…What can you do?

Prenatal Pilates is a topic that consistently stays popular for women. Pregnancy is a wonderful time in the life of a woman but it often raises a lot of questions and red flags for clients. Is exercises are safe? When should we stop doing Pilates? How late in the pregnancy can a woman start a

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Let’s See – How To Start A Self-Care Routine

Taking good care of yourself should be your top priority. Despite not being sick, you must give the utmost importance to it. Learning how to fight stress, eat right, and exercise regularly are just the “stepping stones” of self-care. The truth is – there are a lot more when it comes to taking care of

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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE MAT AND REFORMER?

If you tell anyone that you practice or teach Pilates, you might be asked, “Reformer or Mat?” With the rise of group Reformer studios in the last decade, the once-mysterious apparatus (a fancy word for Pilates equipment) has become more well known. Mat and Reformer are both based on the work of Joseph Pilates, who also invented the Reformer itself. For

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How To Build Your Self-Confidence Back Up After Lockdown

We’ve experienced unprecedented times for quite some time now and it’s fair to say that when we come out of them, COVID-19 would have changed us a lot. Everything from the way we work to the way we socialise, it simply won’t be the same after being forced to live a certain way for so

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Ways Pilates is Getting Incorporated in Physical Therapy

Pilates and Physical Therapy go hand in hand. In fact, founder Joseph Pilates created this practice in order to rehabilitate people with chronic physical pain. For decades, Pilates has been used by physical therapists as an effective form of rehabilitation. Experts know that Pilates offers many benefits to practitioners— improved posture, balance, and increased strength, just

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PE for Virtual and Home School Students

You looking for something to mix up sitting in front of the screen? No sports this fall? Time to try some Pilates and Barre classes! We are offering classes inside, outside, and online. Alright, how many times have you heard “Good habits start young”? Now many no longer have access to school sports, clubs and

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How to attend @home classes via zoom

To attend a virtual service: On the top menu, click My Schedule. In Upcoming Schedule, under Action, click the Join Session button  next to the service you want to attend. If you do not have your first name, last name, and email address associated with your client profile, you will be directed to a Zoom sign up page. At this point,

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Corona Times: 7 Ways to Detox Your Body and Mind

With state officials threatening to bring back the stay at home orders or increased business closures, it stands to reason that many of us need to set up our own routines to keep us healthy and sane. A significant number of people have had to set up a home office to keep the work going;

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Self-Care Tips for Pandemic Life

Everyone’s game plan changed with the advent of COVID-19. Social distancing measures and various restrictions popped up, and life as we know it looks quite different these days. As a result, your normal self-care routine is disrupted, and staying on track can be tough. As we start to reemerge from staying at home we how

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Week 14 Back at it! In all studios! ​

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0E3rAAeEAchttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhBpOxGjG8E&t=5shttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpnVa2rt8mY We have been open for just over a week on the west shore and one day in Harrisburg! I have to say I am a bit tired after my first week back. I am so thankful to everyone that visited us inside, outside, and online. I have heard from people you want to know

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Week 13 We are open!

Today is the big day we are reopened for classes! Thank you for your support of this time. I could not be happier. We are not pulling live streaming but we are looking for a balance. Harrisburg location can open back up next Friday!  We Don’t Just Have A Studio Full of Clients, We Have

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Week 12 Wrap Up

I have said it over and over. Thank you for your support of this time. WE ARE REOPENING! I could not be happier. We are not pulling live streaming but we are looking for a balance. We need your help so please read this newsletter especially if you did not read last weeks.  We Don’t

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Being Accountable in Unprecedented Time

I tried coming up with the perfect words for this statement to the Absolute Pilates community, but they aren’t coming, so I’ll say this:   One week ago, I sat with my family on Memorial Day sharing our grief and rage of the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19, unprecedented unemployment, educational divide on the lives of

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Week 11 Wrap Up

Pat yourself on the back—you made it through May in one piece! (Really March and April too) We hope you’ve been able to get into a new groove with our current “normal” and feel like you’re thriving rather than just surviving. I have been very lucky as all the Absolute Pilates family has supported me,

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Week 10 Wrap Up

Tomorrow marks 10 weeks of being COVID-closed, but guess what we are not closed completely!  We are offering outdoor classes… Hello, YELLOW!  Your health and well-being, as well as the health and well-being of our teachers, is our top priority and has guided our decision we’ve made during this difficult time, including our preparation to

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Week 9 Wrap Up

Tomorrow marks 9 weeks of being COVID-closed, but who’s counting? (we for sure of are ) Thank you to everyone that took the time to answer our reopening survey. Now we are actively talking about how we can reopen. Your health and well-being, as well as the health and well-being of our teachers, is our top priority and has guided

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Outdoor Classes

We are excited to announce that we are able to start offering outdoor classes 5/22/2020! As we start to move to in-person outdoor classes, please observe the following procedures: All team members and clients are asked to take your temperature at home on a day you are coming to the studio even if it is

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Week 8 Wrap Up

This week is a bit heavy on the business requests. We need to collect information from you as we move toward reopening. Harrisburg is going yellow Friday. The West Shore will be coming soon. We are not a big box gym so we will be opening for private training at some point soon. If you could

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Small Group Training is Back!

Virtual Small Group Training Empowers You to Meet Your Health and Fitness Goals Today it’s more important than ever to maintain your overall health, but for many of us, managing a fitness routine has never been more challenging. Current realities make it difficult to get personalized health and fitness guidance from knowledgeable trainers, and it

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Props For Sale

We have props for sale. Things to know for the future of the in-person studio. We will be a socks required studio in all locations for the foreseeable future. We will also not be sharing some props in the near future.  One example would be if you want to do foot rolling in class we

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Week 7 Wrap Up

Are you looking for the perfect gift for mom this year? We know EXACTLY what she would love! Some self-care in the form of exercise! We have lots of options that can help reduce her stress!! Many of us have had major changes in our lives, so a fresh new fitness option just be the solution mom

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Week 6 Wrap Up

What day is it? Yeah, we don’t know either. This quarantine has us all discombobulated, sleeping at weird times, wondering if it’s the weekend, and if it is, what difference that even makes these days. Even those who have regular 9-5 jobs, finds themselves thinking the week both flies and crawls by. Personally, this quarantine gave me

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Week 5 Covid Closed

Now more than ever it’s imperative to keep moving. Joe Pilates tells us: “Above all, learn to breathe correctly…our very life depends on it.” In the midst of our current crisis and its potential to compromise our respiratory system, Joe’s directive has even greater immediacy. Some of our meat-and-potatoes breathing exercises can serve you right in your home on your mat:

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Pilates Beneficial for Young Women with High Blood Pressure

Approximately one in three Americans are living with high blood pressure, putting them at greater risk of heart attack or stroke. This medical condition can also shorten life expectancy, with the number of deaths due to elevated blood pressure increasing by roughly 38 percent in recent years. In some cases, medication is required to bring the blood

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7 Great Benefits of Pilates for Seniors

For the older population keeping fit is essential, but it can be hard on the bodies of older adults to stay in shape. The goal of Pilates is to reduce the risk of injury that weight-bearing exercises might cause and Pilates focuses on controlled breathing, quality of movement-not quantity of repetitions. Pilates focuses on building

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Pilates is a great way to Treat and Prevent Back Pain

Back pain is a common problem that affects about one out of three adults. It causes discomfort, lost work, reduced quality of life, and is linked to depression and other health issues. It’s such a problem for Americans we toss about $300 billion a year in the at the problem with often minimal results. We

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Happy Birthday The Studio by AP

  *|FNAME|*, Happy Easter/Passover/Sunday! How are you holding up? Hanging in there? As we all continue to navigate these uncharted waters, we hope you are able to find a balance between productivity, fitness, and relaxation. Our team is working to provide you with content that can help provide a break from the chaos and while reconnecting

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Scholarship Contest

We were sad to have to cancel the traditional holiday open house, Walden Winter Lights, and Arcona Wine Walk in celebration of all our clients. In this time of great unknown, we wanted to give back to you and your family. We are launching a scholarship application for 4 people to receive 3 months of class

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4 Pilates exercises to help your Back Pain

80% of American adults report some type of back pain each year. May causes could be at play but often back pain is the result of:  Poor Posture A Larger Chest Being at Desk for 8 plus hours a day Muscular imbalance from daily life or recreational activities  Handbags/Backpacks/Workbags  Pilates has been found to provide

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FAQ’s about our @home studio

What you need For Barre classes you need an object to balance with we suggest a substantial chair. Folding chairs are good because they have grips on the bottom but you need to be too tall for this to work. If you are taller a higher back char would be nice. The back of the

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Quarantine Week 2 Wrap Up

It has been a crazy couple of weeks. Things do not seem to not be on the uptick outside as more PA counties are ordered to shelter in place each and every day. It looks like will we connecting in the virtual world a bit longer. The real test of any movement or exercise is how

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Spread Kindness not Antics

Happy April 1st people! We are here in 2020 mid pandemic and we happen upon April Fools Day. My least favorite day of the year. I hate pranks, being scared or any other type of antics people might out there spreading. At this time the world is scary and confusing enough let’s just be kind.

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The psychological benefits of Pilates

Research has found that adolescent and young adult males tend to have an elevated risk of certain mental health issues than their female counterparts. For instance, one study notes that this demographic has higher rates of conduct order, substance use, interpersonal violence, and suicide. Men are also at risk of developing other mental health issues, such as

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Raspberry Banana Overnight Oats

 INGREDIENTS 1⁄2 cup unsweetened almond milk 1⁄2 cup old-fashioned rolled gluten-free oats 1⁄2 banana, mashed 1⁄2 cup fresh raspberries 1 teaspoon maple syrup PREPARATION Combine all ingredients in a mason jar or bowl. Refrigerate overnight. Note: Overnight oats can be eaten cold or warmed up in the microwave, but you do not need to cook

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MANAGE YOUR PILATES DIET WITH THESE TIPS!

Don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated before and during Pilates Pilates is known to its light to moderate intensity exercises. Even if it does not necessarily call for special sports drinks, keeping yourself hydrated is still a must. Water is always the perfect choice so no questions about that. Drinking a large glass of water

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COVID -19 and Pilates

At Absolute Pilates, the health and safety of our members and team is our top priority. We continue to offer a robust schedule of in-person, virtual, private, and semi-private classes and events for your fitness and wellness during these ever-changing circumstances. Extensive health and safety measures are being taken in-studio taken to provide our members

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Covid-19 one week in quarentine

We just wanted to send another note to check in on all of you and update you on life in the studio and all the things! We know the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments are on the top of the mind for everyone, but we would like to give you some positive news! We are so excited to

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Covid Update 3

I am sorry for the delay in getting this out members. We thought we had most of this week to make this happen. The state moved faster than we anticipated to shut gyms down. I know we are not a large gym we value you as members and the staff. In an overabundance of caution

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Pilates Improves Both Physical and Psychological Well-Being

It’s no secret that physical and mental wellness are inextricably linked, and it’s equally true that regular physical activity is effective at improving mood. Moving your body is good for you in so many ways. New research confirms this concept by looking at the effects of regular Pilates on a group of Korean college students.

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KNOW YOUR DIET WHILE ON PILATES

When doing pilates, it includes much work on the mat and core. A lot of people speculate on their eating habits and choices while engaging in this exercise. Truth is, there is no exclusive diet for Pilates. Conversely, there are a few pointers to consider for food choices for your workout preparation. Because there is

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7 Tips Eating Healthy On Business Trips

It is completely possible to eat healthily during your professional life. Just because you’re doing business doesn’t mean you’ve got to skip on it. Here in this article, we look at 7 different tips about healthy eating.  You may have heard people talking about clean eating, but what exactly are they referring to? It’s all

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With Tears in My Eyes I bring you SAD news!

To our beloved studio members, We are writing on behalf of the team at Absolute Pilates with some tears in our eyes. We consider it our purpose and mission to support your health and wellness. We love to share Pilates and barre with you, and at this critical time, it has become more and more

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Covid 19 Update 3/15

We wanted to reach out again. We know the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments are on the top of the mind for everyone, and we’ve received questions from many of you. The health and well-being of our community is our absolute priority.  In light of recent Coronavirus updates, our team is committed to closely monitoring updates

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Pilates is Beneficial for New Moms

Becoming a mother is one of the most precious occasions in a woman’s life. When you finally get to see and hold this tiny little bundle of joy that grew inside your body for nine months, it is an almost surreal experience that can leave you with the biggest, most genuine smile you’ve ever had

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Pilates Myths

It’s time to talk about the real news. With so much Pilates misinformation circulating today, it’s hard to separate fact from fiction. Here are 3 myths with zero scientific basis that we hear every day. Tell us what you think! MYTH:  Pilates builds lean muscle. So, muscle is muscle…lean muscle is not really a thing. 

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Pilates Helps Reduce Risk of Falls in the Elderly

Falls in the elderly are a serious health issue and a new study finds that Pilates might be a great way to prevent such injuries. The statistics and effects of falls in older adults are sobering: each year in the US: 3 million seniors go to the emergency room for injuries from falls, annually. Half

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BENEFITS OF PILATES

Tone & Strengthen Your Entire Body 1. Pilates is Total Body Fitness Pilates is a method of resistance training that strengthens and tones the entire body- not just your core. The resistance used in pilates comes from springs attached to specially designed pilates equipment, as well as your own body weight. 2. Pilates creates Long

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Preventing Osteoporosis with Pilates

Osteoporosis is a serious health concern for post-menopausal women. Because of decreases in estrogen, it’s common for women to experience lower bone mineral density (BMD), which can lead to osteoporosis or an increased risk of fractures. In fact, one third of post-menopausal women develop osteoporosis. There are a variety of natural preventive approaches to warding

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How Pilates Can Help Patients Recover From Chronic Pain

 Chronic pain is a complex issue. Our current models of pain tell us that chronic pain is a matrix that involves physical injury, the nervous system, psychological responses, and mental attitudes that all contribute to the perpetuation of pain. One of the key contributors to the development of chronic pain is kinesiophobia, or the fear of

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Smart Tips for Successfully Managing Stress

No matter who we are, we can all benefit from knowing how to better manage stress. There are many of us who may feel like we don’t “have” stress or we’re doing just fine, when the truth is all of us deal with stress, whether we realize it or not. One of the best things

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PILATES CAN HELP WITH STRESS RELIEF! HERE’S HOW…

  Have you ever experienced waking up feeling crushed by the long list of errands to finish each day? Or maybe go to bed each night feeling tensed and tired by all that is being covered? Pilates may just be the one you need to refurbish your health senses. This mind-body type of exercise is

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Join Us for Pilates Day 2020

Pilates Day is an annual, international, community event celebrated on the first Saturday of May every year. The Pilates Day mission is to foster the public’s appreciation and awareness of the Pilates Method through a network of varied, innovative, and high-quality grassroots Pilates events accessible and affordable for all. Absolute Pilates invites you to celebrate

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6 Health Tips for the Weekend Warrior

Are you busy with work, kids, travel, volunteering and the million other things making us so busy these days? Are you using your weekends to pursue sports or fitness and do not have time during the week? If so… you’re a weekend warrior! Weekend sports and outdoor adventures like team sports, hikes, and running are

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Pilates and Heart Health

February is American Heart Health Month, so let’s talk about your ticker and how Pilates helps keep it healthy. Yes, we might feel our heart racing with love at the thought of Pilates class today! Doctors often tell you the key to heart disease prevention is aerobic exercises like walking, jogging, cycling, or swimming—activities that

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Fit over 50?

J.Lo showed us all yes. Yes you can be shockingly fit after 50. You might not have all of her resources. No matter if you liked her outfits or choreography, we can all agree she is fit and strong. She often is seen working with her hubby A-Rod, research shows that having a work out

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DO EXERCISES REDUCE ANXIETY? LET’S TAKE IT FROM HERE…

  The connection between physical activity and anxiety is known to be multi-factorial.  Several hypotheses have been recommended to elaborate in lessening anxiety and the benefits of regular exercise that come with it. According to psychological theories, distractions, improved self-efficacy, expertise, and other psychological benefits of normal social interaction. Physiological methods contain useful effects of

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What is Pilates HIIT?

Pilates Inspired Hiit Workout Sometimes you just need a good sweat right? HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training and here’s a quick summary of the benefits: HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, is a training technique in which you give all-out, one hundred percent effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short, sometimes

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3 PILATES TIPS TO REDUCE NECK PAIN

Have you been sitting at the screen too much while struggling with neck pain? This is considered as one of the most frequent scenarios. This usually happens for those who are working inside an office. As you type, swap or tap away, what you are doing daily is slowly absorbing you. This is where you

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What is it about Habits that Makes us all CRAZY?

Like clockwork, the topic of “habits” comes around this time of the year. And the conversation always leads to time — specifically, “how long do I have to suffer until the thing I don’t want to do now, becomes something that happens automatically?”. Learn why it takes longer than 21 days to build a habit.  Well,

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We’re Stronger Together

Whether you’re just starting to exercise for the first time, interested in building or maintain a solid fitness routine or even cross-training for your next Marathon, Pilates and barre provides the support you need to unleash your potential. Group fitness classes have individuals of all levels of experience who are interested in a variety of

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Welcome to 2020! How will you make this year better?

New Year, new-ish you? We all love the illusion of a fresh start but it is only an illusion unless you do something about it. We are officially into two weeks into the new year and this is about the time that we fall back into our old routines. And, in years past lose all

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PILATES EXERCISES CAN BE BENEFICIAL FOR LOWER BACK PAIN

Pilates is a form of low impact strengthening which it’ reference is from a controlled movement. Low back pain is sometimes caused by structural imbalances in the body. Weak core strength, pelvic instability, muscle difference, poor posture and lack of body consciousness are considered as aspects where excess joints, discs, and muscles of the lower

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The Easiest Ways to Start Eating Healthy in the New Year

2020 is just around the corner. The New Year brings you the beauty of having a fresh start, a clean slate, and even the possibility of becoming the best version of yourself yet. And what better way to kick things off by leading a healthier lifestyle with good eating habits? This is the perfect complement

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Physical activity is medicine!

In  2018, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) convened a roundtable of experts to review the latest scientific evidence and offer recommendations about the benefits of exercise for prevention, treatment, recovery, and improved survival. The comprehensive review and recommendations were outlined in three academic papers published in October 2019 in two scientific journals.  In

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CAUGHT UP WITH WORK? HERE ARE SIX PILATES EXERCISES YOU CAN DO WHILE SITTING

While the awareness is spreading at pace, Joseph Pilates will be surprised himself. There’s no shock that men and women are pondering beyond the mat and making Pilates as part of their daily life. The benefits of Pilates are countless since it gives better posture, strengthen abdominal muscles, elevated flexibility and reduced stress. With a

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Pilates work for Men too! Here’s why…

Calling all men out there! There are tons of misconceptions that have been circulating for a long time where only women can do Pilates. Well, guess what? Pilates is useful for men too! Take this into consideration, Pilates was first started by a man, Joseph Pilates. Pilates also served as a training modality for elite

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Foodie Friday: Leftover Turkey Green Bean Niçoise

Classic salade niçoise gets a big flavor boost from our leftover green bean recipe: Dried cranberries provide unexpected sweet-tart notes, while hazelnuts add lightly sweet, meaty depth. Ingredients 12 ounces baby red potatoes 1/4 cup olive oil 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon 1/2 teaspoon

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The Best Food Choices Before & After Your Pilates Class

Pilates has been around for decades, but its popularity is still growing. Today, it is regarded as a part of a healthy, well-rounded fitness routine. Many who want to stay fit and strong engage in Pilates, and usually, one of the questions in mind is, what can you eat before and after a class? Is

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FRIDAY FEELS: MAKE YOUR OWN PUMPKIN BAKED OATMEAL MUFFIN CUPS!

If you’re looking for the ideal “go-to” breakfast and at the same time, keeps you healthy then this is the perfect recipe for you. This contains 100% whole grains with very low sugar which makes it healthy for those who are conscious of their food intake. It also comes with a significant warm bowl of

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Pilates and Cross-Training

The Pilates community is an amazing network of talent caring people and I was so delighted to meet Helena Alexandra, founder of Pebbles Pilates, through the beauty of social media. Helena’s business is definitely inspiring and so is her story. I love a connect to a fellow #girlboss out there chasing their health and business

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What is an Exercise-Related Injury and how can you handle one?

With seniors and every other age group, more active than ever, it pays to be aware of the potential for injury. Although we aren’t all professional athletes, activities such as jogging, racquetball, weight lifting, and even power walking can still cause injury. Dare I say it Pilates and barre classes.  The feeling of accomplishment after

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Foodie Friday: Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

  The holidays are fast approaching so what better way to keep the happy spirits alive than trying out new dishes. Even during the holidays, it is still possible to prepare meals that are healthy especially those who don’t want to break their diet or go back to zero. This is why we are here

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FRIDAY’S BEST: MAKE YOUR OWN PUMPKIN CHAI LATTE AT HOME

Spending on lattes or frappes at a coffee shop can be costly sometimes especially when nothing on their menu pleases your taste. There are times when you even have to go through an extra mile or step out of the house just to sip your favorites which can be very tiring to do sometimes. Don’t

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Why you need a strong core

You hear it all the time do this and geta six-pack abs in four weeks and workout classes guaranteeing a flat stomach. While we know that working our core is a good thing, the benefits go way beyond the surface.  A STRONG CORE PREVENTS INJURY When we train the core, we focus on spinal stabilization

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BRAIN FOG: HERE ARE 7 SOLUTIONS ON HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR FOCUS

Majority of us have experienced the hassle of mental fog. It is sometimes referred to as a “cloudy-headed” mood or mental fatigue which includes common conditions like weak memory, complicated concentration, and difficulty in articulation. Another cause can be due to overworking, material abuse and multitasking. When you struggle with focus due to brain fog,

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Beyond Skin Deep: How to Sleep Better for Your Health and Beauty

We’ve all heard of getting your beauty rest, but have you ever stopped to wonder if there’s any truth to this saying? Some research indicates it’s accurate, and you may be surprised by just how much sleep can affect your looks and overall health. Despite the rejuvenating effects of sleep, many of us are still

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3 TIPS ON RECOVERING FROM A WORKOUT

Rest and recovery are important factors in any workout routine. Applying an after-exercise recovery practice has a huge impression on your fitness benefits and sports activities which allows you to work out more effectively. Sadly, most people don’t obtain an after exercise recovery scheme. An after recovery plan is needed for the muscles and tissues to

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Pilates Helps Back Pain

80% of American adults report some type of back pain each year. May causes could be at play but often back pain is the result of: Poor Posture A Larger Chest Being at Desk for 8 plus hours a day Muscular imbalance from daily life or recreational activities Handbags/Backpacks/Workbags Pilates has been found to provide the some

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Pilates and Menopause: How Pilates Can Ease Menopause Symptoms

Menopause is a great but rather confusing time of life for many women. With hormone fluctuations, weight gain and a loss of bone structure and density, many women have to deal with sudden and unexpected changes, which will affect them for some time. It is no surprise that maintaining a healthy lifestyle throughout this time

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When it comes to prenatal fitness, can you overdo it?

Moms-to-be are getting stronger and stronger as prenatal exercise trends like running and yoga continue to grow in popularity. While working out during pregnancy has many great benefits, is there a point at which fitness can become an impediment to a healthy labor? Could your workout actually be working against an optimal delivery? Staying committed

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Superfoods for Super Weight Loss

Known for their high nutritional value and health benefits, superfoods are essential for rapid weight loss. Besides being delicious, they can also help us feel full and give us clean sustained energy. Incorporate these five superfoods into your daily regimen and watch the pounds melt off. 1. Match green tea   Tea is the second most

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40 under 40

The twenty-fifth class of Forty Under 40 award recipients has been announced by the Central Penn Business Journal. All forty business leaders are under the age of 40 and were chosen because of their commitment to business growth, professional excellence and community service in Central Pennsylvania. An awards reception will be held on Monday, October

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What are You Comparing Yourself To?

Comparison is the robber of happiness. It keeps you from doing what you feel you were meant to do. It makes you feel like you are not good enough. What are you comparing yourself to? Is the client next to you on the reformer? Is your friend from college you see. Is the random person in

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Pilates and Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a sideways curve in the spine that comes in many different varieties. You might have scoliosis and it has no effect on your daily life or it could be a major issue for your quality of life. According to the National Scoliosis Foundation, Scoliosis affects an estimated 6 – 9 million people in

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Pilates Makes You Better at These 5 Sports


Pilates is a great workout on its own, but Pilates also makes for an effective cross-training activity that athletes can and should incorporate into their training or at least to supplement it. That’s because the practice improves overall fitness and targets specific muscle groups, enhances flexibility, reduces risk of injury, and introduces a new level

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Simple Ways to Foster Your Top-to-Bottom Health

We all know that we should take care of ourselves. But when life is hectic, and we can’t see how we could cram one more habit or activity into our lives, our health is often the thing we compromise. However, prioritizing our top-to-bottom health and well-being not only leaves us happier, but it also helps

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Healthy Habits

 They say it takes 21 days to learn a new habit, but don’t get overwhelmed– It really might take way longer! You don’t have to do it all at once! According to many self improvement experts, start by improving 1% each day as you create your habit and as you build on it each day,

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The Benefits of Having Good Posture

We all know that we probably should stand up straighter, but we don’t always know why we can benefit from it. Having good posture not only makes you look taller, but it also has major benefits for your health in the long run. Being aware of the health benefits of good posture is great motivation

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Lead like a Women

LEAD LIKE A WOMEN Thanks The Story Exchange for this reminder in your publication today. I needed it! Business owning for me in the New Year is always a struggle. I should really listen when I talk or start talking to myself “I think we need to keep our eyes and ears open, but focus on what

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Stop Expecting to Change Your Habit in 21 Days.

STOP EXPECTING TO CHANGE YOUR HABIT IN 21 DAYS. In my research on making new habits, I keep running into the idea that you could do it in twenty-one days. I’ve always had my doubts about the validity that number. First, when it comes to developing a bad habit, the thought of doing it is

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New Years Resolutions?

NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS? The new year: A chance to start fresh, to make resolutions, to promise ourselves to live a better life in 2019. What’s on your resolution list? Losing weight? Saving money? Eating better? But how long do those resolutions really last? We all go into it with good intentions, but one way or

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Do you think Americans are doing a good job being fit?

DO YOU THINK AMERICANS ARE DOING A GOOD JOB BEING FIT? We are failing miserably as a nation! Keep reading this has nothing to do with politics. Only 23 percent of Amercian’s 18 -64 meet the guidelines for weekly physical activity according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pennsylvania was right at the national

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Where are all the happy people at?

WHERE ARE ALL THE HAPPY PEOPLE AT? Just a short 4,000 miles from where are you can find the happiest people on the planet. They live in a bucket list location for me. Finland is the land of saunas, forests, and coffee (they are my people). With the exception of sauns because those are kryptonite

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SAVVY SISTERS EVENT

SAVVY SISTERS EVENT The Studio by Absolute Pilates and I were super excited to make this happen on in the summer of 2018. The Studio hosted 8 matches from the Savvy Sisters Group which is part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. This group matches kid that are in need of mentorship with local

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Honored to be a Women of Influence 2018

HONORED TO BE A WOMEN OF INFLUENCE 2018 It was a great honor to be one of Central Penn Business Journals Women of Influence in 2018. Along the other amazing and talented women pictured to the right here. The Women of Influence Awards honor established business leaders with proven track records of community service and

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Pilates May Help Stroke Survivors

Pilates training may help stroke survivors to improve functional balance and quality of life, concluded authors of a small study published in the International Journal of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences(2013; 2 [4], 204–11). This research was on stroke survivors have had a stroke within the preceding 3–6 months. Researchers from India, conducted the study to determine

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Pilates improves running performance, study finds

A recent study assessed the influence of engaging in core training, or Pilates, on the performance and metabolic cost of trained runners. The body requires oxygen to do activities and each of us has a maximum oxygen consumption. We we ask our body to run long distances we are required  to have a large maximum oxygen consumption

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Where should this hurt?

When You Don’t LOVE your Exercise Anymore It’s been nearly two months since you resolved to get fit and be the best version of you. You had the best intentions. You went to the studio, gym, and trainer.  But then your knee started to bother you. Or maybe it was your foot, your hip or shoulder.

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Allergies and Breathing Issues

Exercise may not be the first thing you would think about when you want to feel better from allergies and breathing issues.  Exercise has been known to reduce inflammation. Allergies inflame the blood vessels in your nose causing you to feel congested. When you workout your body redirects your blood flow to the hardworking body.

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National Carrot Day

My favorite roasted carrots!  With some amazing options! INGREDIENTS 2 pounds carrots 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil ½ teaspoon fine sea salt Freshly ground black pepper, to taste Want the spiced version, (my favorite way) you’ll also need: ½ to 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder (use less for more mild carrots, or the full amount for

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A Happier and Healthier Life: 7 Important Lifestyle Changes for Seniors

In the United States, once someone reaches the age of 65, they can live, on average, for nearly 20 more years. Facing a longer life expectancy means facing more healthcare conditions, both mental and physical. Some common conditions that affect people 65 and older include: Arthritis Heart Disease Depression COPD Alzheimer’s Disorder Anxiety Diabetes Osteoporosis

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How Pilates Has Changed My Love Life

“The complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit.” as Joseph Pilates, its inventor, called it, has a lot of different benefits that evoke tons of research. However, most women either are die-hard enthusiasts or have never stepped foot in a Pilates studio. On which group are you fit in? There are a lot of reasons

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