Posted on January 26, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Exercise, spiritual rejuvenation and family fun in the great outdoors
Hiking in Colorado.
Nature is soothing.
By Erin McKinney
SUMMIT COUNTY —Whether gardening or walking through a forest, most of us love spending time in nature without really knowing why. It gives us a sense of peace and amazement. And something mysterious draws us to the great outdoors as well. One reason may be the numerous health benefits of spending time in nature, which have been proven in several scientific studies.
So what are those benefits?
Stress Reduction – Countless studies have found that spending time outdoors reduces stress. This may in part be due to the fact that it removes us from stressful environments. Taking a walk after a stressful day at work or going on a hiking trip as a weekend retreat helps us think more clearly and look at problems from a distance. Nature’s beauty can also provide a welcome distraction to staring at a computer screen or driving a car all day. Even when we are in stressful situations, a view of nature can be calming. Studies have found that a natural view out a window can improve work performance, speed up patient recovery in hospitals, and improve one’s sense of satisfaction. Continue reading
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Posted on July 23, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Marjorie Biggs challenges Summit to unite mind and body
Marjorie Biggs shows proper Pilates form at Body Essentials in Dillon.
By Jennifer Brancaccio
SUMMIT COUNTY — Walking into the Body Essentials Pilates studio in Dillon, I was reminded of drawings of a medieval torture chamber. Rack-like apparatuses with straps were lined up in one area, while thick wooden chairs and medicine balls were stacked along another wall. It seemed pretty intimidating as I entered for a short class and interview with the instructor, Marjorie Biggs. What I didn’t know was that my first impressions would be far from accurate.
Joseph Pilates invented the practice in the early 1900s. His various exercises were originally called Contrology because he believed that his method allowed the mind to control the muscles. Through uniting body, mind and spirit, the benefits of Pilates included increased core strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and body awareness.
In 2005, 11 million people were practicing Pilates and there were more than 14 thousand instructors. Pilates focuses on breathing, engaging the core muscles of the abdomen, back, hips and buttocks. Concentrating on flowing movements during Pilates builds uniform development and strengthens instabilities. Continue reading
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