Practice News & Calendar – February (2014)
Exercise to Age Well
Dear Practice Friends,
On January 29th, Gretchen Reynolds, the New York Times journalist I reference consistently in this newsletter, published an article entitled, “Exercise to Age Well, Whatever Your Age.” In it, she highlights a recent study, the results of which strongly reflect the central themes of the books that I recommended in December, Younger Next Year and Younger Next Year for Women, by Chris Crowley and Henry (“Harry”) S. Lodge, MD.
Reynolds writes, “Becoming physically active in middle age, even if someone has been sedentary for years, substantially reduces the likelihood that he or she will become seriously ill or physically disabled in retirement, new research shows.” In essence: It’s never too late to start!
I again want to suggest either of the Younger Next Year books to you. In them, the physician , Henry Lodge, articulates seven rules by which one can shift from a life of sedentariness, decay, and decline to one marked by activity, growth and transformation. Here are “Harry’s Rules”:
1. Exercise six days a week for the rest of your life.
2. Do serious aerobic exercise four days a week for the rest of your life
3. Do serious strength training, with weights, two days a week for the rest of your life.
4. Spend less than you make.
5. Quit eating crap.
7. Connect and commit.
Pretty simple to say, and not incredibly hard to do, if you create a program for your self that helps you to build new habits over time. The study, shows that even moderate increases in activity can have a huge impact, and just as significantly, remaining sedentary can have a seriously deleterious effect on our health and the length of our lives.
At Practice, we don’t currently have the equipment to take you through the cardio training piece, but as you know, we can help you with the strengthening piece utilizing spring based resistance on the Pilates equipment, bodyweight based resistance on t he TRX, and free weight resistance using dumbbells and portable benches.
The important thing to recognize from the article and the study is that choosing to be active consistently will add years to your life and make those years far more enjoyable. The main takeaways from the Younger Next Year books is that to accomplish this requires building up a life habit of activity six days a week, including cardio training AND resistance training. You can do it! If this seems like a daunting task, please get in touch with me so that we can collaborate with the instructors and come up with a plan that will work for you.
Monthly Class Calendar and 2014 Rates
Welcome Annie Booth, our new adjunct yoga instructor
We’re happy to announce Annie Booth, certified yoga instructor (200 hour RYT) and Kettering resident, will be teaching the Tuesday evening Hatha Yoga class for Joy while she is on the mend from her hip procedure. Annie has been teaching at the local Y for some time, working with older adults as well as children. Please join us in welcoming her to Practice!
The Thursday 9am Hatha Yoga class is discontinued for February – April.
The Tuesday 7p Hatha Yoga class will be taught by Annie Booth while Joy is out of the studio.
Welcome to Practice!
A warm welcome goes out to our newest members of the Practice community, who started with us in January:
We are thrilled to have you with us. Welcome aboard!
Kitty and Patrick had the good fortune to attend the Merrithew Health & Fitness 25th Anniversary World Tour during it’s last stop in Toronto Canada in December. During the three day event they had the opportunity to learn about the new brands, Total Barre and ZEN*GA from Master Instructors Trainers like Moira Merrithew and PJ O’Claire, people they have studied on videos for over a decade! Both agreed it was the opportunity of a life time and look forward to sharing more of what they learned in the coming year. Stay tuned!
Research: How Inactivity Changes the Brain
Yet another study looking at the impact of a sedentary lifestyle.
Gretchen Reynolds from NY NY Times Well section writes, “A number of studies have shown that exercise can remodel the brain by prompting the creation of new brain cells and inducing other changes. Now it appears that inactivity, too, can remodel the brain, according to a notable new report.”
Patrick Martin was kind enough to forward this cartoon to us and it is funny, especially if you know anything about Pilates!