Beat the Flu this Winter with Pilates
Itʻs the first of the winter months almost over, and as the weather starts to become colder and we move into the deeper part of the winter, we are especially susceptible to exposure to flu and colds.
So, how do you keep the flu at bay? With a balance of healthy habits along with your regular dose of Pilates!
We have put together a few simple tips to help you stay healthy this winter.
But first – why Pilates for flu prevention?
During World War I, Joseph Pilates (the founder of Pilates) was held in an internment camp in England caring for sick and injured soldiers. Using the hospital beds, and simple equipment available, he attached springs to hospital beds and used them as resistance to help the bed-ridden soldiers to maintain muscle tone and build strength. He taught the patients the Pilates method as a way to rehabilitate them. Late in 1918, a deadly flu pandemic struck over 50 million people worldwide. Yet, none of the soldiers who were trained by Joseph Pilates died in that tragic event.
We already know the health benefits of exercising regularly include reducing your risk of major illnesses.
But one reason Pilates may have worked so well as an immune-booster for those soldiers is because of the overall attention it has as a system to proper alignment.
In our recent Roll & Release workshop held at the studio, we spoke about the importance of proper alignment and correct posture for optimal health and injury prevention. The focus that Pilates gives to core strength addresses stability and flexibility of our spine. When our body has poor posture or poor alignment of our spine this compromises the central nervous system and our internal organs which contributes to a weakened immune system.
Pilates plus these 5 things will help you stay healthy this winter:
1. Eat your fruits and veggies. On average we should be having between 7-9 servings each day of fresh fruits and vegetables. One serving is equivalent to the size of your fist. Fruits and vegetables contain crucial vitamins and minerals to help fight off unwanted germs leading to colds and the flu. Remember to eat seasonal as mother nature knows what we need during each season of the year.
2. Take a Vitamin D supplement. Vitamin D supports our immune system, our brain, and nervous system. Refer to your naturopath to make sure this is right for you.
3. Get your recommended 8 hours of sleep. Sleep allows your immune system to work at its best and sleep plays an essential role in stress relief.
4. Drink warm lemon water each morning. When we are stressed out, vitamin C is the first thing to be depleted, putting us at increased risk to get sick!
5. Reduce inflammation by eliminating or reducing foods that create inflammation, such as processed foods, including processed meat and dairy products.
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