Pilates, have you given it a daily try?

Pilates, have you given it a daily try?

Have you tried daily Pilates? Pilates! About 12 years ago I bought Pilates for Dummies on VHS. (Remember VHS?) And I really loved it. Did it for a couple of years then got heavy into running and sort of fell off the bandwagon, BUT…I just started back up and let me tell you, I LOVE IT! I forgot how great it feels and how great a work out in not much time. Why Pilates? The great thing about Pilates is that it really works out your entire body. I felt the pain in my core when I started up again, but now I’m starting to move past that. This is what I have noticed though, my all over stiffness that I usually feel any time I stand up after a bit of sitting, has gone away. How cool is that? And one of the aspects I love about Pilates is that there are few exercises that require weight on my wrists and hands, the joints where I have a bit of Osteoarthritis. Working out at home. I have friends who tell me they just can’t stick to a workout at home. If this is you, but you seem to never be able to get to the gym, coax yourself by thinking about how much time you save staying at home. No driving, fighting traffic or searching for a parking place. Up the ante by rolling your mat out before bed each night and know when you get up in the morning you can just pop on over and do the work. How to get started. There is no need to buy a video...
Kindness in a vicious voting cycle

Kindness in a vicious voting cycle

Kindness in a vicious voting cycle Kindness seems a casualty in the vicious comments and rhetoric that surrounds us right now. Whether it’s social media in your own feed, or the pseudo-news channels, we are inundated. I posted some thoughts to my Facebook page earlier this week about the campaign. I had a great discussion going on between my readers, until a personal attack appeared amongst the postings. Yikes! I quickly reminded posters that discussion is great, attacks not so great. Everyone got back on track, and the attacker disappeared. I am currently reading for the second time, The Power of Kindness: The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a compassionate Life, by Piero Ferrucci. I’m growing weary of the unkindness I see and hear everyday regarding politics. This book has me thinking about the effects of being kind.  How do we stay kind in this craziness? Why Kindness Matters While we may, or may not, see kindness in our up close and personal worlds, finding demonstrations on the news or in many television shows, is just not happening. Vicious attacks, mean-spirited comments, and rudeness are demonstrated in a daily dose. Unfortunately that bleeds into our lives. Remember the pay it forward commercials of some insurance company? When we see or hear kindness, we are more likely to engage in a kind act ourselves. Kindness begets kindness. This is an unexpected side benefit, and one to especially keep in mind right now. “[Kindness is] the most economic attitude there is…it saves us energy we might otherwise waste in suspicion, worry, resentment, manipulation, or unnecessary defense. It is an attitude that, by eliminating the inessential, brings us...