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FEELING GOOD -FITNESS AND WELL-BEING Bridal party wedding hair by Maxime Le Salon How can we get the most out of our bodies? It’s a question pondered for centuries, and one that drives the mar-ket in fitness, beauty and well-being. The answer, drawing on science, nutri-tion, physiotherapy and psychology, suggests the ‘always-on-always-available’ culture of today harnesses less time, more pressure and longer working hours for people. In turn, the weight is shifted onto a different question; what’s the most efficient way to get the most out of our bodies? Where the mind goes the body follows: relax Evolving and ever changing, there are two things defining today’s health and fitness fancy. One, physical and mental fitness are one and the same thing, where asking how to get the most out of your body, is really asking how to get the most out of your mind. ‘Mind-body beautiful’ involves connecting the two, with yoga and spa treatments honing this mental relaxation down to a tee. Core strength & efficient exercise The second popular health and fitness focus is on core strength and exercise efficiency. The human physique has around 640 muscles, facilitating a huge range of movements in turning, twisting, stretching and flexing. Our day-to-day life uses a tiny fraction of these. Walking, running and spinning exer-cises the legs and heart; lifting weights exercise isolated areas of the arms. Core muscles in the torso are not focused on in as much abundance, which is ironic when you consider these are crucial to our balance, alignment and strength. Pilates, TRX suspension training, and yoga utilise the core muscles, with slow, gradual exercises improving flexibility and strength. High-intensity interval training (HIIT), boasts all of the above, plus one added benefit – efficiency. Getting fit no longer means exercis-ing as much as you can. It’s about how hard you can, in 30 seconds. Fitness has long tried to find a way to yield the same results in half the time, and HIIT’s sprint-over-stamina theory could mean the wait is over. So, with all these new arrivals in physical and mental pampering, here’s a breakdown of what is offered on island, so you can decide for yourself what health and relaxation means to you. FEEL GOOD: INSIDE OUT Pilates Pilates is a technically refined specialty focusing on core muscles to improve strength and postural balance. A pro-gressive conditioning exercise, it works to twist, stretch and flex muscles rarely Visit the Turks & Caicos Islands at NOV/DEC/JAN/FEB 2017/2018 • • • • • 29

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