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Hey friends! I wanted to talk to you all today about some classes that have completely stepped up my fitness game - yoga, Pilates and other core/flexibility training. I know, I used to think it was all just glorified stretching too, but making time for these workouts has been life changing. 
For those who aren’t familiar, yoga focuses on holding poses that build strength, balance and flexibility through your entire body. Pilates is centred more on core strength, targeting all those small stability muscles around your midsection using very purposeful movements. Both yoga and Pilates focus a lot on proper breathing techniques too. 
These classes offer so many perks! Here’s a quick rundown: 

1. Improves Posture 

They build core stability to protect your back and improve posture 

2. Increases Flexibility 

They increase flexibility and mobility through all your joints 

3. Reduces Injury 

They reduce risk of injury by identifying imbalances or weaknesses 

4. Decreases Stress 

They decrease stress and act as “active recovery” from intense training 

5. Boosts Energy 

They just make you feel long, strong and energized! 
The guidelines from the American College of Sports Medicine recommend adults get flexibility training at least 2-3 days per week targeting all major muscle-tendon groups. Things like yoga and Pilates are perfect for this! Aim for 30-60 minutes per session. 
I like to incorporate yoga 1-2 times per week and Pilates 1-2 times per week depending on what else I have going on. I’ve seen serious improvement in my core strength, balance, endurance and recovery. I never dread these workouts either; I actually look so forward to the stretched-out zen feeling they give me! 
If you’re feeling stuck in your current routine or need to switch things up, I couldn’t encourage you more to register for some beginner yoga or Pilates classes. There are usually great deals for first-timers too! Give these transformative practices a shot - your body and mind will thank you later, I promise. Let me know if you have any other questions!  
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