Pilates Power Ring Exercises
To correct this steady decline, or to prevent it in the first place, people try out all kinds of exercise. The problem is that some forms of exercise make us better, and some make us worse. For example, compare sprinting and marathon running. Sprinters are the fastest of runners and use the widest range of motion in their legs. Marathon runners, at the other extreme, are the slowest of runners and use the narrowest range of motion in their legs. While they are running, sprinters’ bodies are as hard as possible during the moment of impact with the ground, and then as soft as possible when they fly through the air between strides. The gap between the hardness and softness of the sprinters’ muscles is extreme, as is the speed with which they go from one to the other. In contrast, marathon runners’ bodies are far less hard at impact and far less soft during flight. These principles carry over to when the runners are not racing. At rest, sprinters have the most flexible bodies of all runners and the softest of all muscles, whereas marathon runners have the least flexible bodies and the hardest of all muscles. Similar contrasts could be made between divers and long¬distance swimmers, ski jumpers and cross-country skiers, or bicycle sprinters and long-distance road cyclists. Thus, all interval exercises make us better by increasing our youthfulness, and all endurance exercises make us worse by contributing to our hardening and aging process.
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The common misconception, among doctors as well as the general public, is that only endurance exercises have cardiovascular benefits. The truth is that both interval and endurance exercises have cardiovascular benefits, but the former has them without the side effects of exhaustion, inflammation, and musculoskeletal degeneration. In fact, interval exercises are better for the heart than endurance exercises because the range between the highest and the lowest number of heartbeats is far greater, and therefore the muscles of the heart are made stronger he whole purpose ofThe Happy Body program is to slow down the aging process by retaining the body’s softness when it is relaxed while simultaneously developing its hardness for action. The bigger the gap between a body’s hardness and softness, the better; and the faster one can go from one to the other, the healthier, more elastic, and more powerful the body. A weak, brittle body is like a solid glass ball. Throw it against a wall and it will shatter. A strong, elastic body is like a rubber ball. Throw it against a wall and it will bounce back with force.
The common misconception among doctors, as well as the general public, is that only endurance exercises have cardiovascular benefits. The truth is that both interval and endurance exercises have cardiovascular benefits, but the former has them without the side effects of exhaustion, inflammation, and musculoskeletal degeneration.
The Happy Body exercises are designed to have multiple purposes, each one geared to one of the Standards of Youthfulness. For example, when people seek to be lean and strong and to attain their Ideal Body Weight, it is important that they lose fat, not muscle. The Happy Body program achieves this by using resistance exercises that strengthen and build the muscles, making it impossible to burn them for energy. Furthermore, every exercise repetition is preceded by inhalation and followed by exhalation, during both of which the body achieves complete relaxation. During these intervals, the body burns fat for its fuel. Endurance programs, on the other hand, cause muscle loss because people continuously exercise without any periods of relaxation.
The Happy Body program promotes flexibility by using exercises that are based on four primary movements: pressing, pulling, squatting, and bending, which we all do in our everyday lives. In order to allow people to increase their flexibility gradually without injuring themselves, every exercise has five levels of difficulty from poor to excellent.
At each level, our clients conclude each exercise by attempting to go slightly beyond their current limits, which we call extension. By extending themselves gradually in this way, they progress up the levels of difficulty until they achieve full range of motion in every joint of the body.