Created over eighty years ago, by Joseph H. Pilates and thus named after him - Pilates has become more popular than ever with more and more gyms starting to offer this style of exercise which tones and targets your core muscles. As of 2005, there are 11 million people who practice the discipline regularly and 14,000 instructors in the United States. From celebrities to world renowned boxers, each can attest that Pilates is worth giving a try.

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For thousands of years those living in the Mediterranean have had less occurrences of heart disease and other ailments than Americans, which die as of a result their diets - either directly or indirectly. Recent studies have shown that a diet rich in plant foods and monounsaturated fats protects against heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. A research project named the "Seven Countries Study" conducted during the 1960's showed Greek men enjoyed the longest life spans due to their diets. Which foods enable longevity in this diet and why exactly do they contribute to a healthier life?

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A New Year has arrived and during this time we reflect on what shortcomings we have and devise plans to address them. Losing weight is by far one of the most popular resolutions – gyms and fitness clubs often see record number of sign-ups during this time. If you are one of those persons with a newly minted goal of losing weight – read on to make sure you stick to it.

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The lovely time of the year when families and friends get together to enjoy a special meal and give thanks for everything they have. It also spells out a time when diets get devastated with seemingly abundant numbers of foods and desserts. Here is how to take control and make sure your dinner doesn’t derail your diet.

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Tired of the same old workout routine with outdated dance moves? Well join the party and take a Zumba class and you’ll never look at working out the same way again! Zumba, the newest dance workout class to hit the scene is now being offered in gyms and dance studios all over the country! You’ll lose weight, and have fun while dancing to a latin beat! To all those who know and love dance and find it to be the best workout around, give Zumba a go and you will not be disappointed!

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A good way to eat healthy and lose weight is to eat at home and cook your food, since eating out can pose plenty of temptations which can push anyone trying to lose weight off track. Contrary to common belief, however, you can still eat healthy even while dining out as long as you know what to do and how to choose your food. Keeping your guard up is the first step and is necessary when it comes to eating in fast-food joints and restaurants. Here are several tips which can help you steer clear from some diet offenders, without having to miss out on all the fun.

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