Basic Pilates Exercises

Basic Pilates Exercises

THE HAPPY BODY FOREWORD

Their changes were so impressive that I decided to try the program and see for myself why it worked so well. Even though I was in good physical shape, I got even better and fast.

Since then, I have had the pleasure of referring my most knowledgeable but frustrated patients to Jerzy and Aniela’s Happy Body program, and the results have been astounding. Not only have my patients lost pounds, but they have also redesigned their bodies so that they have achieved a desirable proportion of weight to height and muscle to fat. Furthermore, patients who used to have dangerous levels of blood pressure, cholesterol, and sugar, which required prescription medications for control, are now off all their medications and only take a few supplements with a preventive medicine focus. But what impresses me most are the mental changes I have seen: alertness, better sleep, more energy, and return of libido. In addition, patients find a whole new relationship with their food. Yogurt is more desirable to them than chocolate chip cookies, and even tastier. Whole grain breads are more satisfying than french fries. Cooking in the kitchen with a spouse or friend is more creative and fun than going out.

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The exercises in The Happy Body program artfully combine the benefits of weightlifting, yoga, and Pilates. The diet in the program combines an emphasis on organic vegetables and lean proteins with a schedule to optimize metabolism. Most important, Aniela and Jerzy recognize the role of meditation and “recovery” both to amplify the benefits of exercise and to balance out the stressors of daily life. Their diet, exercise, and recovery routine is not a chore but the best part of your day not only a habit but a ritual, and as such, something you can enjoy for the rest of your life.

Chair of the Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo, Canada e all want a body that is robust, performs well, and is impervious to injury in summary, a “happy” body. Achieving a happy body requires wisdom together with the discipline to execute a plan. In today’s society, despite all the research and “knowledge growth,” finding the wisdom to create a happy body is unfortunately rare. So-called fitness experts encourage long-distance running or bodybuilding workout programs, both of which are ill-suited for most people, who usually become sore and injured in the process and then quit.

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