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Regaining muscle mass after age 60 is more than nostalgia

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Remember muscle? Those fine-cut abs and deltoids, those broad shoulders and sprinter’s legs? Yeah, we had so much of it back in our Twenties and Thirties, then came the kids, the mortgage, the job …..

Losing muscle is normal but — and here’s the good news — regaining it is normal, too.

Yes, even when you are over 60, according to New York Times Well columnist Gretchen Reynolds.

“But the process of bulking up works differently in older people than in the young,” writes Reynolds in quoting University of Alabama exercise researcher Marcas Bamman.

His key to regaining muscle after 60 is “regular and progressive weight training” (aka resistance training).

You can read more about Bamman’s work in this Ask Well blog post by Reynolds.

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For Rose, Sundays are all about chilled eucalyptus-scented towels

Miss Rose is enveloped in the cooling scent of eucalyptus as she prepares chilled towels for her Pilates classes for the week.

Miss Rose is enveloped in the cooling scent of eucalyptus as she prepares chilled towels for her Pilates classes for the week.

At the end of every Pilates session, private or group, Rose loves to hand out chilled towels scented with eucalyptus oil.  Nothing revives you after a hard workout like resting on your back with a scented towel over your face, breathing in the cool invigorating eucalyptus scent.

This is a picture of Rose this afternoon, dipping her freshly washed towels in the eucalyptus water, then rolling them up before packaging in sealed plastic bags.

She is starting the week off with 40 scented towels and will likely rewash, scent and chill them again by Thursday.

Rose brings towels for her two floor Pilates classes at Zen Belize, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. Some Pilates students are so refreshed they stay for the 11 a.m. yoga class with Tara!

On the first Friday of every month Rose has extra towels ready for the all-volunteer Tres Cocos Roadside & Beach cleanup crew which ends the day at Daydreamin’ Belize Bed & Breakfast and Marbucks Coffee House. In both cases, Rose never knows how many people to expect so she always prepares extras, just to be on the safe side!

If you have never experienced the feel of a chilled eucalyptus-scented towel on your face as you rest on the mat at the end of a vigorous workout, you are missing a real treat.

Come try a Pilates floor session at Zen Belize and feel the coolness at the end of class!


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Five reasons why men should do Pilates

There's a reason your girlfriend can’t get enough of mat classes—they work. From a stronger core to better sex, here's why Pilates is great for guys, too.

There’s a reason your girlfriend can’t get enough of mat classes—they work. From a stronger core to better sex, here’s why Pilates is great for guys, too.

While women tend to dominate mat classes, Pilates holds plenty of benefits for men who rise to the challenge—yes, it’s hard. Whether you’re a powerlifter or prepping for your first marathon, a Pilates class can help fine-tune your performance, says Men’s Fitness magazine.

How?

Pilates exercises are made up of subtle, concentrated movements that can help you in many ways.

Read on to discover how Pilates can help you.


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Benefits of Pilates: 8 reasons why every woman should try Pilates

It is called a reformer, a key component in the Pilates system, and it has changed the way many people view exercise.

It is called a reformer, a key component in the Pilates system, and it has changed the way many people view exercise.

When it comes to Pilates, says Fitness magazine, most women either are die-hard enthusiasts or have never stepped foot in a Pilates studio. Are you in the latter group? Tons of research on the benefits of Pilates would suggest you switch camps.

Check out the uniquely awesome power of Pilates.

 

 


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Seven reasons why Pilates will make your life better

Pilates leaves you feeling good like no other exercise program out there. Marie Claire magazine has the reasons why.

Pilates leaves you feeling good like no other exercise program out there. Marie Claire magazine has the reasons why.

Pilates is the go-to exercise for a clear mind and a healthy body. But how can it help you?

When you’ve had a hard day at work and the gym seems like a chore, there’s one activity which will make you feel relaxed, elated and in seriously fit shape. And it’s not what you think, you filthy lot.

Pilates isn’t just a celebrity fad. It really works.

Read on to discover why . . .