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Watch Out for the First Issue of Five to Thrive Plan Magazine!

Five to Thrive Plan is proud and happy to announce about the upcoming launch of our monthly magazine. The publication, which will be available both in online and print formats, seeks to raise awareness of a wide variety of health issues and topics, as well as broaden the discussions about medical products, supplements, and discoveries that are geared towards improving public health.

 

This informative and insightful publication is meant to be read by anyone who values their health above all. We specifically cater to health care providers, members of the medical community, patients and their families, health buffs, and more.

 

Where to get copies

Our magazine will be available for free, both on the internet and offline. The print copies will be distributed in selected convenience stores and other key locations in Dahlonega, Georgia. In the long term, we will expand our distribution network to include other states in America.

 

Donations and grants from our partner groups that support our advocacy has made this possible, so we would like to thank them for believing in us and trusting us with this project to inform more people about their choices, solutions, and other things they need to know to improve their quality of life and prevent serious illnesses.

 

Our first magazine issue and theme

For our maiden issue, we will carry the theme “Recreational Travel: What does it Take to be a Healthy Traveler?” As it suggests, the first issue will reach out specifically to millennials living the YOLO (You Only Live Once) lifestyle. The young generation today loves to travel, take risks, experience adventures, and so much more. But are they keeping themselves safe and healthy? The Five to Thrive Plan magazine seeks to provide answers to this question.

 

Here is a snapshot of the featured stories to be included in our maiden issue:

 

  • Work Hard, Travel Harder—Without Risking Your Health

 

Love traveling for leisure? So that you can travel the world more, you need to live longer and be healthy. How can you do so? We asked 10 young and health-conscious travelers on what they do, what they use, and what they avoid to make sure they come home in one piece.

 

  • Do You Really Need Vaccinations When Traveling?

 

The Five to Thrive editorial team sat down with three experts to provide their thoughts on vaccinations for travelers. In this article, we attempt to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about travel vaccinations, such as where to avail of them for free, countries that require and do not require travel vaccinations, considerations before getting one, and the required vaccinations in top travel destinations.

 

  • My Journey as a Healthy Travel Blogger

 

Travel blogger, fitness coach, hiker, and health advocate Natasha Green writes about her experience since she started transforming her sedentary lifestyle into one that is active, healthy, and much better through various physical activities like hiking and diving. She also tells her story about how she pushes her passion for health and fitness through her travel blog.

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Tune in to Five to Thrive Live!

Have time to spare to enrich your knowledge about taking good care of your health and well-being? Tune in to our Five to Thrive Live radio broadcasts! We broadcast live on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET. Please join our informative and supportive conversation on the Cancer Support Network.

It is our goal to connect with the masses and inspire people impacted by cancer to enjoy sustainable exuberant living. In case you haven’t heard, Five to Thrive Live is now available on iHeartRadio Talk which extends our reach. We are thrilled and grateful! To make the most of this opportunity, WE NEED YOU. Please listen to our iHeartRadio Talkpodcast and give each of our shows a thumbs up. Encourage your family and friends to listen and do the same—the more people who are THRIVING the merrier!

Five to Thrive Live

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Five to Thrive Live airs every Tuesday at 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET. We hope that you are able to listen live and join our discussions on the Cancer Support Network (www.w4cs.com). To listen, click here on Tuesday evenings. For iTunes users, launch iTunes, select “Internet” and then “News / Talk Radio.” Double-click on “W4CS Radio” to begin streaming. To listen live, go to W4CS.com at 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET every Tuesday night.

Don’t miss it! The show is also re-broadcast on W4WN.com Thursdays and Fridays at 11 a.m. ET and on HealthCafeLive.com Thursday and Fridays at 9 p.m. ET. You can also catch our podcast on iHeartRadio Talk.

About iHeartRadio

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iHeartRadio is Clear Channel’s free, industry leading digital radio platform that gives users instant access to more than 1,500 live radio stations from across the country, plus user created Custom Stations inspired by a favorite artist or song.

iHeartRadio also offers listeners thousands of curated stations “Perfect For” a range of moods and activities, as well as local traffic, news and weather “Add-Ins”.  Plus, the new iHeartRadio Talk feature gives users access to the best on-demand news, talk and entertainment content available today.

With more than 18 million songs, iHeartRadio features more music backed by better music intelligence than any other service available. With iHeartRadio, users have the ability to follow their favorite stations and personalities across all major platforms including web, mobile, tablets, automotive, television and gaming consoles. Visit iHeartRadio.com for a complete list of app availability and to download.

Message from one of our avid listeners

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“I listen to your outstanding radio show often, and thank you so much for the loving manner in which you offer your prodigious knowledge.  Learning how to prevent cancer is so empowering. You ask your guests such excellent questions it becomes easy to grasp the complex interactions which miraculously keep us well.”  ~H.B. from Massachusetts

If you have questions or suggestions, we’d love to hear from you! Contact Five to Thrive Plan now.

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Back-to-School Brain Boosters to Enhance Your Brain Function

It’s that time of year again, when young and old alike search for wisdom as they crack open those books and buckle down. Whether it’s your kids backpack that you are packing or your own, we have some unique, practical, and proven ways to enhance cognition. So, let’s boost some brainpower the Five to Thrive® way!

Within each of these core strategies we provide critical action steps that have been scientifically shown to enhance brain function.

Diet

Research involving the Mediterranean diet continues to expand and now it’s moving way beyond heart health. Several new studies are making the connection between eating a Mediterranean diet and mental health and brain function.

A 2013 literature review published in Epidemiology concluded that eating a Mediterranean diet is associated with slower cognitive decline and reduced risk of Alzheimer’s.

Another 2013 study published in BMJ Open featuring nearly 25,000 Italians demonstrated that eating a Mediterranean diet was associated with better health related quality of life, specifically mental health.

Dietary supplements

Two of our favorite supplement ingredients are Cognizin® (citicoline) and Suntheanine®  (L-theanine from green tea). And both of these nutrients have been shown to enhance brain function in clinical studies.

In 2012, a study published in Food and Nutrition showed that citicoline significantly improved attention in healthy women compared to placebo. In 2013, a study in Clinical Interventions in Aging featuring elderly adults showed that citicoline protected brain function in cases of mild vascular cognitive impairment (issues with blood flow and oxygen). L-theanine is especially helpful if concentration issues are associated with anxiety, which can sometimes be the case when schoolwork is involved.

A 2010 study published in Nutritional Neuroscience demonstrated that L-theanine significantly improved task accuracy and alertness in young adults. A 2011 study featured in the Alternative Medicine Review demonstrated that L-theanine improved sleep quality when compared to placebo in young boys who had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Movement

We know that movement has powerful health benefits including enhancing bone health, increasing immunity, reducing inflammation, improving heart health, and much more.

But did you know that exercise can also boost brainpower? A 2014 study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine featuring kids age 11, 13, and 16 showed that physical activity at moderate to vigorous intensity (working up a sweat!) significantly improved academic performance compared to kids who were inactive. The researchers concluded that exercise improves brain function and concentration, and even helps with behavioral issues.

Rejuvenation

One of our favorite ways to boost brainpower is getting out in nature. A 2012 study in PLOS ONE featured young adults who were immersed in nature for four days. The group in nature was also disconnected from all technology. When compared to the group who was not experiencing nature, the researchers found that the nature lovers had a 50% increase in creativity and problem solving skills.

According to the researchers, nature evokes a “gentle, soft fascination” that engages the “default mode” of the brain which is active during restful introspection that is connected with task performance.

Spirit

This next study may seem a bit obvious but we feel it’s certainly worth a reminder. This is an older study from 2009 published in the Journal of Personality featuring 345 university students. This researcher found that students who reported more hope had higher grade expectations and students who had both hopeful and optimistic attitudes had significantly higher academic performance. The key is to find ways to instill a realistic sense of hope and optimism in our kids and ourselves. We can do this with positive reinforcement, as well as simply recognizing and talking about these brain-boosting traits.

The brain is not a stagnant organ—it is extremely malleable and amenable to change. We have far more influence than we may realize. There are lots of ways to help your brain THRIVE!

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Five to Thrive® Plan Updates: News and Events You Need to Know

A Guidebook on Thriving After Cancer Now Available

Our book, “The Complete Guide to Living Life After Surviving Cancer,” is now widely available!

The Five to Thrive® Plan outlined in the book provides practical, sustainable suggestions, as well as specific advice on how readers can influence the five key pathways that have the most profound influence on our health and cancer risk: immune, inflammation, hormones, insulin sensitivity, and digestion/detoxification. This plan explains how five core strategies — spirit, movement, diet, dietary supplementation, and rejuvenation — positively influence all five pathways.

Who should read this book? Anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, anyone who is concerned about their own risk of cancer and would like to find ways to reduce that risk, and anyone who desires revitalized health and long term wellness.

New Reading Guide for Five to Thrive: Your Cutting-Edge Cancer Prevention Plan

We are happy to announce that we have created a reading guide for Five to Thrive: Your Cutting-Edge Cancer Prevention Plan. This is a great tool for those of you interested in starting a reading group or for anyone who wants a deeper understanding and personal takeaway from the book. If you’re interested in receiving our reading guide send us an email at fivetothriveauthors@gmail.com. After we send you this free reading guide, your name will automatically be added to our email list if it is not already on the list.

It’s time to THRIVE!

The Importance of Decreasing Negative Influencers

Are we hard-wired to focus on the negative? Is that why we tend to give more power to negative feedback, emotions, and events than we do positive? Science says yes. But that doesn’t mean we can’t change it.

In a 2001 article in the Review of General Psychology, Dutch researchers explain that the human brain processes negative information more thoroughly than it processes positive input. The authors point out that this tendency can be traced back to the dawn of time.

From an evolutionary standpoint, paying more attention to potential negative events meant increased survival—and those negative-focused genes have been passed on for generations. After all, back in the days of living in caves and fighting off tigers, positive events might not have a noticeable effect on one’s life, but a negative one could quickly end it.

But we are no longer being chased by tigers, so why do we continue to be so attuned to negative events? Could this “survival mechanism” actually be getting in the way of our long-term health? And more importantly, can we rewire this innate survival fixation and tap into the power of positivity?

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The Healing Factor is Karolyn Gazella’s Psychology Today blog. In this entry, she discusses our ability to transform our emotional landscape by practicing positivity.

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Achieving Stress Relief with L-theanine: How This Amino Acid Promotes Relaxation

L-theanine is a powerful amino acid believed to be so safe and powerfulthat it’s being used as an ingredient in a variety of health and wellness products. Available in capsules or mixed with other active ingredients, it’s also added to healthy drinksthat aid consumers in relieving stress and boosting concentration.

Why is L-theanine widely known and used—and how does it help relieve stress and calm down the nerves? Here are the essential facts you need to know.

What is L-theanine?

An amino acid naturally and richly present in tea leaves, L-theanine stimulates alpha waves in the brain that are linked to a focused andcalmed yet alert state of mind. Plenty of studies have proven that as soon as it is taken, many people feel very muchrelaxed and have more concentration within the next half an hour or so.

What can it do?

L-theanine has a lot of uses.To relax your mind and help you sleep better, you can mix it with sleep-enhancing substances such as magnesium or melatonin. If you aim to create clean energy without depleting yourself of it later, you can mix it with green tea or any caffeinated drink.

However, its most powerful function is stress relief. Doctors prescribe medications or supplements with L-theanine to patients who are suffering from anxiety attacks because. It is widely believed that this amino acid can calm the body without losing clear thinking.

How does it work?

Once it is consumed, it works in as fast as 30 minutes to 1 hour like prescription chill pills do, without the side effects.L-theanine supplements can keep you calm for several hours.

Medical experts recommend a dosage of 50–200mg for maximum yet safe therapeutic benefits. A cup of black tea contains 20mg of L-theanine, and green tea has even less—so that that into consideration for your L-theanine intake.

Is L-theanine effective?

Justas with any supplement, L-theanine must be consumed with care and caution. Do not take it with other sedatives to be on the safe side.Pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, or patients on cholesterol medication need to check with theirphysician before taking any supplements that contain this amino acid.

All in all, medical specialists say that taking L-theanine can lower one’s stress levels, and such benefitgoes beyond only the emotional and mental aspects.

Stress is bad for the body, and it’s easy for people hustling through their daily responsibilities to forget about that fact.However, if you take early action like consuming L-theanine, it’s really going to enhance your overall quality of life.

Aside from this amino acid, there are many other supplements that can help people achieve a better, relaxed, and more focused state of mind. Ask your doctor about the mental health-boosting supplements he or she would advise you to take. There are also wearable gadgets that you can use not just for stress management but also for tracking your fitness activities and health progress.

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Body Detoxification Tips: 4 Simple Ways to Cleanse Your Body at Home

Body detoxification should not be expensive. There are several simple steps you can do at home to cleanse your body and prevent serious illnesses without using any product. Four factors enhance your body’s ability to detoxify naturally: nutritious diet, water, exercise, and supplements.

Nutritious diet

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You are what you eat. This adage could not be any more true when it comes to body detox. The ability of your body to flush out toxins depends on what you eat.

To enhance your body’s natural detox system, you need to eat foods that are low in fat and rich in vitamins and minerals. It is recommended that you eat not less than seven fruits and veggies everyday.

Processed foods (like those served in fastfood eateries) are a good source of sodium, sugar, and fat. These elements boost the toxin level in your body, making it hard for your system to detoxify. That being said, you should opt for natural or organic foods instead of processed ones. Try to prepare your food at home so that you won’t have to dine somewhere else.

Adequate water intake

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Did you know that drinking plenty of water is the best way to get rid of impurities in your body? People who do not drink enough water tend to store more toxins and water in the body, causing weight and health problems over time. Thus, your home detox plan should include drinking eight glasses of purified water everyday.

The color of your urine can tell you whether you are drinking enough water or not. If you drink an adequate amount of water regularly, your urine must be quite clear. If it is dark yellow (except in the morning when you first go to the toilet), that means you need to drink more water.

Regular exercise

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Exercise is also essential in body detox because it helps you sweat out toxins, burn calories, and relieve stress. Relaxation exercises such as yoga and walking can greatly help in detoxification. Cardio workouts such as cycling, jogging, and swimming are just as important.

Appropriate supplements

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Natural body detox needs the right supplements in order to function well. Make sure you take a good multivitamin supplement regularly so that your body gets more vitamins and minerals it needs for flushing out impurities.

You do not have to spend a lot just to keep your body healthy. The key to perform body detoxification at home is to practice proper healthy habits and avoid anything that increases toxins in the body.

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Buying Aromatherapy Products: What You Must Look For

What comes to mind when you hear the word aromatherapy? You imagine someone enjoying a relaxing massage or taking a refreshing and luxurious bath. But aromatherapy does more than just enhancing mood and relaxing the mind.

On the market today, a wide range of aromatherapy products for various purposes are offered: hair care, skin care, hygiene, household cleaning, room fragrancing, personal fragrancing, massage, and medicinal. With so many choices out there, buying aromatherapy products would seem to be a difficult task. Here are some tips to guide you with shopping for aromatherapy products for improving your overall health.

Check the labels

Consumers must pay close attention to marketing claims, product labeling, and product descriptions of aromatherapy products before buying them. This ensures that you get the full therapeutic benefits of the aromatherapy products.

In the United States, using the word aromatherapy in marketing is not regulated. As a result, a lot of companies use this word in their packaging, labeling, marketing, and advertising materials. But not all of them offer products that adhere to the true meaning of aromatherapy.

Choose products with 100% natural ingredients

As a discerning consumer, you must make sure that every aromatherapy product you purchase is real. A genuine aromatherapy product is made of 100 percent natural ingredients, meaning it contains no synthetic ingredients. It also contains essential oils and other natural aromatics. Each ingredient of a genuine aromatherapy product should be safe to use and able to produce therapeutic effects.

When you go shopping, you should read product labels carefully to determine if an aromatherapy product is genuine. Look closely at the list of ingredients and spot any ingredient that is potentially harmful.

Before you can do that, you must first be aware of the healthy and natural ingredients, as well as synthetic and harmful ones, that are used in making aromatherapy products.

For skin care products, some of the toxic substances include paraffin wax, fragrance oil, mineral oil, isopropyl alcohol, and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). Ingredients like isopropyl alcohol and SLS (which is common in shampoos and liquid soaps) can cause skin drying and irritation. Therefore, avoid products that contain these harmful ingredients.

Research on the manufacturer

Finally, it pays to be knowledgeable about the source of aromatherapy products that you’re considering. Before buying aromatherapy products, you need to do some research on the manufacturer or company offering the products.

Visit the websites of aromatherapy dealers and read on their affiliations, company history, and track record. Some sites provide product descriptions, ingredient lists, and benefits of each aromatherapy product. Examine them so that you can decide what aromatherapy dealer to trust.

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How to Control Emotional Eating Before It Destroys You

Stressed at work? Had a violent fight with your boyfriend? Failed to achieve something you’ve been working so hard for years? Sometimes, it seems everything conspires to make you feel down and blue. So what do you do? Most women are likely to overindulge in comfort eating to soothe negative emotions. If you tend to open the fridge and grab some ice cream or chocolate whenever you’re stressed, sad, or angry, then you’re prone to emotional eating. The strongest food cravings occur when you’re at your lowest emotional point.

Why people take comfort in comfort food

People usually give in to emotional eating when they’re going through a serious problem or when they want to ease or hold back negative emotions such as depression, loneliness, stress, anxiety, anger, and boredom. Women are more likely to binge than men under emotional distress, according to a recent breakthrough study conducted by the Brookhaven National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy. The study further found that unlike men, women cannot control their appetite well when they’re depressed.

Emotional eating is not healthy especially for women, who tend to use food as a therapist during the distressing episodes of their lives. Overeating only puts weight loss efforts in vain. Not only does this poor eating habit ruin your body figure, it also increases your risk of getting sick. When you overeat, you consume high amounts of cholesterol, calories, fats, salt, and sugar. Too much intake of these elements in food can create more health problems over time.

But the good news is that you can do something to curb your urge to eat comfort foods. Controlling your unhealthy eating habits is possible even if you’ve been slave to your strong longing for food. Here are some strategies that you can use to control your eating habits.

Physical and emotional hunger are two different things

First, you must know the difference between physical and emotional hunger. Food is not the remedy to emotional hunger. Just because you’re craving for potato chips or ice cream, that doesn’t mean you are physically hungry.

Document your eating habits

Keeping a food journal can help you monitor your eating habits. You will need to write down the food you eat, the amount you eat, how often you eat, your feelings when you eat, and how hungry you are. After several weeks, you may track some patterns that show poor eating habits and the causes of emotional eating.

Get rid of junk foods

How can you stop binging on junk foods and other comfort foods with high-calorie content? Get rid of them. Easier said than done, eh? But if you’re serious to stop your emotional eating, this is one effective step that you can take. Rather than opening a pack of chocolates, you can turn to other things for comfort such as listening to music, watching movies, or meeting your friends. Keeping yourself distracted can easily put your mind off from eating whenever you feel stressed or depressed.

Have a healthy lifestyle

Finally, you should keep a healthy diet and do regular exercises. These two important health factors can do wonders to mood-related eating disorders by making your body fight stress and enhancing your mood.

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What are the Natural Ways to Reduce Cholesterol?

The body can make cholesterol on its own. If a person eats food rich in saturated fats and oil, an imbalance occurs in the body. The risk of cardiovascular problems such as a heart attack increases as the person becomes older. The risk is much higher if certain precautions are not done right away.

The two types of cholesterol are low-density lipoprotein and high-density lipoprotein. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is more commonly known as bad cholesterol. Excessive amount of bad cholesterol in the body is bad for the health.

Fortunately, the body can counter the effects of bad cholesterol with the high-density lipoprotein (HDL). To ensure that the heart and blood circulation work well, the two types of cholesterol should be balanced.

A blood test is the single way to determine the cholesterol level in a patient’s body. The cholesterol level that ranges from 4.4 to 7.1 has less chance of developing a heart attack. Levels beyond that range mean a high risk of having cardiovascular problems.

Regular physical activities

One of the natural ways to reduce cholesterol is exercise. Brisk walking every other day or working on Pilates machines in the gym or your home can lower cholesterol levels.

Studies prove that doing physical activities is way safer and better than using prescription drugs or food supplements. When taken, drugs and food supplements may have side effects.

Eating right

Eating the right kind of food is also a natural way to lower cholesterol level in the body. It involves eating fewer amounts of oily foods, junk foods, and red meat. That particularly means saying goodbye to cake, candies, bread, potato chips, and French fries. To reduce cholesterol, people must change their eating habits. The effects of a proper diet can be rewarding for many people.

One of the effective natural ways to reduce cholesterol is to avoid frying foods. Instead, people can try healthier ways of cooking food such as boiling, steaming, or simply putting food in the microwave.

Drinking right

Drinking milk may make the bones stronger, but milk contains some harmful ingredients. Healthier alternatives for regular milk include non-fat milk and soy milk.

Also, drinking lots of natural fruit juice and water is good for the heart. Fruits have properties that help lower cholesterol.

Another safe drink is unsweetened tea. However, it may taste different. To add some flavor, one can mix it with a sachet of sweetener.

Monitoring cholesterol levels

The best way to monitor cholesterol levels in the body is being careful with the food and drinks consumed. This is also beneficial to the overall health of the person. Even if the first blood test may show alarming results, the cholesterol level may improve with regular exercise and proper diet.

All these natural ways to reduce cholesterol levels do not cost much. Similarly, maintaining a healthier lifestyle is easy if one tries lowering cholesterol the natural way. It only shows that reducing cholesterol is possible if you know the right thing to do. This is way better than staying in a hospital due to complications that may lead to death of the patient.

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How to Work Out with Ease and Comfort Using a Pilates Machine

Are you into Pilates? If you are used to doing traditional Pilates workouts, you might wonder why Pilates needs a machine. Using a Pilates machine is beneficial to one’s health. Designed for resistance training, this machine for Pilates workouts can enhance a person’s muscle flexibility and posture alignment. It is also a great way to stimulate your workout and to put variety to your routine.

The Pilates reformer

When gym buffs and Pilates enthusiasts talk about Pilates machines, they’re actually referring to the Pilates equipment called the reformers. Reformers, which are the most well known Pilates equipment, are structured in a way that enables easier and more precise movements. Over 100 workout routines can be performed on a reformer.

A Pilates reformer consists of sliding bars, springs, straps, pulleys, and ropes. The sliding bar is where you can lie, stand, sit, or kneel on your side, front, or back. The springs, which can be adjusted, allow resistance to build and strengthen the muscles. To use the reformer, you should push and pull off the foot bar. Use your wrists, arms, legs, and ankles to glide back and forth carefully along the rails. While you are doing it, your muscles are worked out by the tension produced in the reformer’s springs.

What a Pilates machine can do

Using Pilates reformer enables the user to effectively perform toning and stretching workouts, which are good for the joints. For beginners, reformer workouts involve simple movements such as a relaxing and nearly effortless back and forth sliding on the sliding bar. The workout becomes more challenging as time progresses.

Pilates reformers are seen not only in gyms or Pilates studios but also in other locations. These machines can also be found in rehabilitation clinics and are recommended by health care professionals such as chiropractors, osteopaths, and physical therapists. You can also find reformers at spas and health clubs that offer group reformer classes.

How to find the best Pilates reformer

If you want to purchase a Pilates reformer, you can find a number of models that carry both great quality and aesthetics. Whether for home, clinic, or studio use, there are things that must be looked for when shopping for a reformer. First is durability. Make sure that every component such as metal, wood, and upholstery is guaranteed to last for a long time.

Check the reformer parts and make sure that each displays the following qualities: sturdy sliding bar, high-quality springs, adjustable and non-slip foot bar, smooth sliding carriage, comfortable hand and foot loops, and padded shoulder rests. In addition, the necessary adjustments for the parts must be easy to do so that various body sizes and ability levels can be accommodated.

All the above-mentioned qualities should be present so that you can exercise with ease and comfort using your Pilates machine.