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What Is the Difference Between a Pilates Workout and Yoga?

By Harvey Wolf 

To begin with, both types of exercise are a very natural form of exercise for both and mind, and it would appear, especially recently, many more people seem to be involved in one form of Pilates workout or another. A Pilates workout can take the shape of classes or simply done at your leisure and pace in the comfort of your own home.

Both a Pilates workout and Yoga session one have similar traits but let me tell you the main differences.

Firstly Yoga as a form of exercise has been around for a very long time now. In fact, it actually dates back to almost five thousand years when it emerged in India. It is not just a workout; it emphasizes both mind and body, meditation, maintaining a proper healthy diet as well as breathing techniques.

In comparison, Pilates, a much newer form of exercise, has been in existence for approximately 80 years now, invented by a man called Joseph Pilates. Though it has certain similarities to some Yoga techniques, its main aim is to help condition the entire body. This form of exercise strengthens the muscles, thereby developing core strength into everyday movements that typically form your day-to-day life, without you even being consciously aware of it.

Yoga also involves core strength to a degree. However, its principles are more based on stretch and flexibility and less perhaps on the day-to-day body movements. Its focus is more on the inner body and more spiritual in its application.

Both a Pilates workout and a Yoga session focuses on breathing and movement at the same time. Pilates is more inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. Yoga, on the other hand, is more inhaling and exhaling through your nose.

Ideally, it would help if you determined what exactly it is you want to achieve from your workout. Do you want more stress management? If so, I would suggest Yoga. However, if you are looking to burn more calories, I would recommend a good Pilates workout, the choice is yours.

Generally speaking, during a Pilates workout, you may burn between 170-370 depending on the exercises done, whereas with a Yoga workout, the calorie burn is more likely to be about 140-250 calories. Either way, they are both excellent workouts that will improve both flexibilities and achieve the right muscle tone in the process.

However, if you are specifically looking to improve your abdominal muscles in particular, then Pilates is an excellent choice.

Pilates will work the whole body without any rapid or forceful movements that can injure you and because of its low impact nature, it is one of the stronger reasons why it is an excellent form of exercise for both young and elderly alike.

The centre of a Pilates workout is working on your abdominal muscles and your buttocks as it makes a person stronger from the inside out, making this one of its core attributes.

Pilates incorporates flexibility and strength, where it provides an excellent workout for all the different muscles groups, thereby giving you a much stronger body and leaner appearance.

Both a Pilates workout and a Yoga session can have a positive impact on your body. I cannot see any negative implications for either type of exercise if done correctly.

Regarding some similarities, they do however, both give you a feeling of well- being which can only be a good thing. They also both do not involve any jerk like movements or any other form of vigorous movements.

Each form of exercise workout will give you a sense of peace and wellbeing while at the same time, strengthening your muscles. Though each has its uniqueness as mentioned above.

From a visual stance, you will see results quicker doing Pilates than you would with Yoga, which may take longer, though they are equally as good for you in their own right.

The truth is that both are effective, yet each has its uniqueness; it does depend on how quickly you would like to see results.

I hope this article has shed a little more light on the two forms of exercise, they do even share a few similar practices, and there is absolutely no reason why you can't do both. If you would like to find out a little bit more about Pilates why not head over to

Work Out At Home - Stay In The House!

7 Benefits of a Weight Loss Exercise You Can Easily Do at Home

By Harvey Wolf 

Benefit # 1

There is no running involved whatsoever.

If you have been wondering how I can lose belly fat, then this is the perfect exercise for you. If you think you need to run to lose weight, then think again, especially if you are looking to get flatter and leaner abs. In fact, by increasing your muscle mass, your metabolism will also increase, and muscle will burn calories much more quickly than body fat, which in turn helps you to lose weight fast and also helps you to keep it off.

Benefit # 2

It is a great natural weight loss exercise.

You are just using your own body weight against yourself, no pounding the streets running. No having to go to the gym and lift any weights. There is even no worry you will fall over as you are on the floor!

Benefit # 3

It is a good weight loss exercise especially if you are worried about back pain.

This form of exercise can help those with back pain or who have some other type of muscle pain to enhance the density of their bones.

This exercise can improve the overall health of your body, including your joints, it can also increase the power in adjacent muscles.

Not only can it be done by people who are not that fit, it is surprisingly done by those who are already very fit to begin with, such as athletes who are already in peak physical condition. This is because they do this form of exercise in order to be able to further increase their performance in their particular field. So if you think you won't be able to do it, think again.

This form of exercise can also improve and enhance your posture helping your back muscles, it is also a great form of exercise for stomach (abdominal muscles) and your ass (who doesn't want a great looking ass!)

Benefit # 4

It can be done regardless of age as it is a great weight loss exercise that is easy on your joints.

This exercise consists of movements that are prolonged in their nature, perfect for the elderly as it can help improve coordination and balance, a much-needed skill, especially in the later years of a person's life. It can also go a long way in preventing unnecessary falls, most essential, especially as this part of a person's life can be really affected by the slightest fall which could lead to more serious complications.

It is also an exercise you can do at your own pace, make it as hard or as easy as you want and adjust the workout accordingly.

It can also help the elderly get a better range of motion in their body, helping them to be more independent and do tasks that they may typically ask someone else to do.

The exercise movements are significantly based on stretching and the more safely and efficiently you can learn to stretch, the more supple and flexible your body will become.

Benefit # 5

A weight loss exercise for during and after pregnancy.

The slow rhythmic nature of this exercise is also perfect for those who are expecting a child or who are in the early stages of mother-hood having just had a child, i.e., the post-natal time. Note, as with any form of exercise that you are considering, it is essential to check with a health professional and especially if you are pregnant prior to undertaking any exercise, to ensure you are physically fit to do so during and after pregnancy.

Benefit # 6

There are no time constraints given by anyone.

You can easily do this exercise any time of the day or night, before breakfast, before going to bed, with music, without music, you pick the time, the date, the room and the music, it's entirely your choice. What's not to love! Why not try doing it together with a partner and see who is better, you may even surprise yourself. You don't have to leave the kids or have to worry about picking them up later. Exercise while they are a sleep or when they go to sleep, you dictate the rules not the gym who tell you when the class begins and ends and whether you have been given a space to attend or not. Here you make your own rules, find some space, sufficient for a mat and away you go.

Benefit # 7

No need for any makeup (guys that includes you as well!)

It is a perfect exercise as you don't have to put on any makeup, designer clothes, running shoes, or wear any shoes for that matter. You don't have to leave your front door. You can easily exercise effectively and quickly in the comfort of your own home, without the world looking on at your every move. For those of us who are self-conscious, perhaps you are uncomfortable at the thought of people staring at you as you run on by. You don't have to put up with funny looks (depending on how good or bad you really are.) That is of course, unless you are in great shape to begin with, in which case you may like the attention you are getting (and if so, good for you!).

Bonus Benefit # 1

This form of exercise is not just for women, it is equally as good for men who can also experience beneficial results not just physical but is can also help in the performance department as well.

Bonus Benefit # 2

It is used by millions the world over, so these and many people can't be wrong about how good it is.

To find out more about this weight loss exercise you can quickly do at home click to find out more


Running in Our 40s and Beyond - It Is Possible!

By Bonnie Joy Cox

Within the vast reaches of differences that define the human population, there are significant dividers that aren't taught or even consciously selected. Most people have heard the usual ones: there are people who like dogs or cats, and those who don't. People who love travel, and those who stay home. A more notable one: "I love to ride horses. They're so majestic." The flip-side to that one is "I rode a horse once, and it bucked me off."

One of these dividers most have seen are the runners and non-runners. They're usually easy to spot, as one usually looks like a marathoner and the other, well, doesn't. However, there is a gray area occupied by those who used to run but don't anymore, or wish they had started running when they were young and able, and didn't, or the never-rans who, later in life, would like to give it a try.

Welcome to the gray area.

For those with the basic physical ability to kick it up into second gear for longer than a mile or so, running can be a very healthy, fulfilling, life-extending, and enjoyable pastime. One doesn't have to be a marathoner with 1% body fat and six-minute miles. If simply running is the goal, then start small. Can a "walk around the block from time to time" become a 10K participant? With the right strategy and planning, it can be done. In one's forties and feeling past all possibilities? Read on and see.

We will all admit that the "world of sports" narrows as we add on the years. Apologies for being blunt, but it's true. As kids, skateboarding and tricks on BMX bikes and gymnastics on balance beams are walks in the park. Get into your forties, even thirties, and the drive for such pursuits wanes just a touch. We can still ride a bike. Even ride a horse. We can play softball. Things like that. Fortunately, humans only have two gears: walk, using one foot at a time, and run, with a short period of suspension between strides. Anyone can run at some level. For runners, there are second-gear speeds from a shuffle to a sprint - and all of us can claim one section of that speedometer for our own. Are we winning a 5K race? Maybe. Are others passing us? Probably. But are we out there running while others are not? Most definitely. It doesn't matter what your speed will be. Being out there, taking laps around your house or laps around the local school track, you're running.

So to begin, where are we today? "I never have run before." "I do some walking here and there." "I ran as a youngster, but it's been a long time." Can you put a walker in front of you and step up to join it? And do that over and over again? That's a start. We all have physical limitations. Have a doctor's physical and ask if running might be something you can do. Are your joints up to the task? Heart and lungs in a condition to improve? If it's a "no" to questions like this, can some lifestyle improvements make that happen? It's worth it to find out.

We all need a Starting Point; today it's huffing and puffing up the stairs. Tomorrow, we'll probably huff and puff just the same. Next week, it will get better. Keep going until you don't gasp. Work upward from there. Once you climb a moderate flight of stairs with only slight elevation in breathing and pulse, get out there and walk somewhere. Walk on a treadmill. Walk around the block. For heaven's sake, walk the dog. If you don't have a dog, borrow one.

For the determined, walks can morph into speed-walks. Speed-walks can skip into jogs here and there. Soon the jogs will outdistance the walking bits. Walk to warm up. Jog your course. Walk to cool down. This is vital, because the body needs to adapt.

A major advantage that the young hold over those not so young is general strength. All-over strength involves arms, legs, core, and range of motion. At later ages, we don't just get to barge into an activity -- we have to have all systems in agreement. Even the digestive system plays a much bigger part in our later years. Find some power-bands and hand weights. Learn some basic Pilates moves for the core muscles. Joints do their jobs much more easily if they have support of surrounding muscle, and we tend to lose muscle as we age. Keep your muscles strong and give your joints a chance. Simple arm curls with light hand-weights are great. Squats and lunges strengthen as well as warm leg muscles for action. Even a three-second plank is better than no plank at all.

One can't stress enough -- the need to care for your knees. As joints, they are perhaps the support structures that need the most time to adapt to second gear. They will do so eventually, if you are patient. Increase distances a little at a time. If your knees agree with you, add some speed as well as distance. When you finish your run, stretch each muscle group: calves, quadriceps, glutes, and hamstrings.

For shoes, opt for the more expensive. Have them fitted at a footwear store, so that your feet and legs are in the best alignment for your stride. The right shoes can make the difference between knees that last a lifetime and knees that call it quits early.

Short local races are wonderful for goal-setting. Most allow walk-jog paces, which is great for the wide spectrum of competitor abilities. Keep in mind; there exists a need for 10 or 5K etiquette. Yes, there is a code of ethics in racing. Register early. Show up in time to get your bib number. Warm up. Brush your teeth. Don't wear cologne (please). Start in the group where you belong. Let the rabbits charge off unhindered. Strollers and zip leashes can be race-crowd regulars, as long as the zip-leashes aren't tripping up the crowd. Everyone there pays their race fees, so make each runner's race as winnable as possible. And thank the officials and marshals who set up tables and shades, give out cups of water, and slice bananas for finishing snacks. Most of the time, they are all volunteers.

So all of us have the potential to become runners. Run the race that your ability allows. Smile and thank those who, along your course, cheer you on (there are always a few). When you've finished your run, take a cool-down walk back to encourage those who are still aiming for that finish banner. We all have our own speeds, our own goals, our own triumphs. If we cross the finish at a walk, that is a triumph, too. But if you can run, keep going!

Bonnie Joy Cox has run 10k races since the age of nine, and still runs today. With activity that includes riding horses, kick-boxing, and strength training, this Gen-X aged runner is still racing and loving it. Writing, Riding, and Running keep her busy: find her three new novels at