The Reformer and Possibly the Cutest Animal on Earth

I teach mat-based contrology, as I enjoy being able to get a strength workout in without any bells and whistles. But Joseph Pilates is famous in part for cobbling together an ingenious exercise device from an old hospital bed during his WWI internment in Great Britain. Check out what Google Scholar gave me for breakfast this morning!

http://www.google.com/patents/US1621477?printsec=drawing&dq=pilates#v=onepage&q=pilates&f=false

I often start my day with 2 hours of audio news feeds streaming in the background. Perhaps this barrage of bad news demands some sort of counterbalance, and hence I also spend a little time each week culling Facebook and other sites for pictures of cute animals. This week’s animal find may be the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Behold the momonga, Japan’s dwarf flying squirrel. Be prepared to say “aaaawww!”

http://www.thefeaturedcreature.com/2010/08/momongas-gotta-catch-em-all.html#axzz27s1MgPu7

Bartleby and Gray: Two Great Tastes that Go Great Together

There are some things that I just plain love…the Illustrated Gray’s Anatomy is one of them. History, art, and science all converging into one seamless harmony; bliss! Imagine my delight when I discovered that Gray’s can be viewed at Bartleby online, a virtual library. Curious about your “Point of Control”, the muscles of your core? Check this out! (If you find the reading a bit chunky, simply scroll down to look at the marvelous images.)

http://www.bartleby.com/107/118.html

Even Yet Still More Science

What did we do before the Internet? I’m so thankful for these resources. The following book excerpt is just the thing for an introduction to the existing science behind contrology which goes beyond the sound bite.

http://books.google.com/books?id=QDPq1r605XsC&pg=PA315&lpg=PA315&dq=google+scholar+pilates+studies&source=bl&ots=dKWIYJoPF7&sig=o2vzuFwmsYXE5eh9Oos9Fnj_Ius&hl=en#v=onepage&q=google%20scholar%20pilates%20studies&f=false

Odd Conveyance

The Fliz http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/pedal-free-bicycle-relies-running-momentum-174927166.html

and ElliptiGOs http://www.elliptigo.com/

make me so happy! Moving the body is such good fun, and novel ways to do so are welcome.

I’ve been broiling in the September sunshine and contemplating the broad concept of wellness. Although not directly related to contrology, taking better care of our health is one of our primary responsibilities. If you are so inclined, check out the Environmental Working Groups website to explore the types of choices you can make for healthier living.

http://www.ewg.org/

Enjoy, and keep moving!

Get the Facts

65% of Americans are overweight, and about half of that number are obese.  The number of kids in the US who are obese is pushing 20%. Leave it to our great nation, however, to find a way to turn this lifestyle-induced risk factor for health problems too numerous to count into a veritable goldmine. The medical industry received 147 billion dollars for weight-related medical bills in 2008, according to researchers at Emory University. The diet and fitness industry alone makes 40 billion annually…that’s 40,000,000,000 dollars… on products and services that, for the most part, don’t work. Sure, people try the next diet shake, the miracle pill, the shiny new piece of exercise equipment and in that first burst of enthusiasm, lose some weight. But for 90% of folks who do manage to lose weight in a few months the pounds are back, and they often brings friends.

Do not despair! Although these numbers are daunting, take heart! You have the power to shape your own destiny by the choices you make every day. Check out one of the longest running research programs on SUCCESSFUL long-term weight loss, the National Weight Control (get it? control?) Registry for details on thousands of people who refuse to give in to a culture that actively promotes obesity.

Then get up and go for a walk in nature with your family and friends! Have a lovely long weekend, all.

http://www.nwcr.ws/Research/default.htm