Pilates or Yoga? Yoga or Pilates? Do I really need to choose?

Pilates or Yoga? Yoga or Pilates? Do I really need to choose?

Ah, it’s an age-old question. Literally age-old. Both practices as they are today have been around for many, many, many years and have been proven to make a difference to health and wellbeing. Yoga and Pilates are not the same, of course, but they do share some key benefits and complement each other beautifully. It’s not surprising that many instructors these days are trained or have experience in both disciplines. Whether you create a regular practice of either or both and you can be assured that you will be covering almost all aspects of the holistic health continuum. The World...

9 Benefits of Chair Yoga Classes for the Mature Mover

9 Benefits of Chair Yoga Classes for the Mature Mover

As we age the needs of our bodies change. Chair Yoga provides the option to exercise effectively but with additional support for those who need it.

6 Reasons You Need to do Stretching and Yoga as well as Strength Workouts

6 Reasons You Need to do Stretching and Yoga as well as Strength Workouts

Yoga and stretching help with recovery. Get rid of excess lactic acid and reduce stiffness and soreness in your muscles. The deep breathing in Yoga brings oxygen to your cells and so then your muscles, helping them perform better. Flexibility. Strength training without attention to flexibility can hinder the functionality of your body. Keeping supple will also prevent injury. Tight muscles can affect the alignment in your body. Feeling like you’ve got tight hamstrings? You may need to mobilise your posterior chain. Yoga is great for this! Number one pose for the posterior chain? Downward Dog of course. Stretching and...

How to Discover the Joy of Exercise As You Get Older

How to Discover the Joy of Exercise As You Get Older

Have you reached an age where you would like to focus more on the benefits of exercise to keep your body fit and free moving? Do you need a bit of help to get going? We invited our regular Mature Movers at Just Believe Fit to share ideas on what motivates them and what advice they would give to people just getting started. Read on for some down to earth tips and advice… Just StartOur Mature Movers all agree: Just press start and go for it! “Just give it a try,” Anne urges. Sue’s tip is to “start with small...

Four benefits of doing exercise classes when you are over 60

Four benefits of doing exercise classes when you are over 60

Over 60? Wondering whether exercise classes will benefit you? Yes, they will! And not only physically, but mentally too. We asked our Just Believe Fit Mature Movers what benefits they have experienced from doing exercise classes. Here are the four key reasons. Enhance your experience of life When Anne retired recently, she thought she would be busy with family, friends, travel and making art. Those plans were thwarted by the rolling Covid-19 lockdowns here in Melbourne, where Just Believe Fit is based. “With next to none of that happening I found making a commitment to attend a fun class each...

What is the best exercise to do as I get older?

What is the best exercise to do as I get older?

Ageing is not a limitation on exercising, it is simply another criteria to consider in our search for safe, functional and sustainable movement programs. Of course you can exercise and stay in shape as you get older. Of course you can try new programs or different types of exercise. And, of course there are going to be some things that common sense would suggest are better to do than others. So where do you go to get the lowdown on the best exercise for older adults? That’s easy, take a look in the mirror. The best person to advise you...

8 Reasons to Do Online Pilates Classes

8 Reasons to Do Online Pilates Classes

At Just Believe Fit, we have been offering Pilates and other online classes during Melbourne’s various lockdowns (so many!) In the beginning, it was just a stop-gap until we could get back into the studio, but then we discovered the many benefits of online classes… 1. The Cost Savings This is a no-brainer. It’s cheaper to pay for online Pilates classes than in-person classes. During lockdown, one week of live, streamed Pilates, which also includes access to all the Just Believe Fit classes, costs $30. Usually, one class at the studio would cost you around $30. Try a class for free, then do classes for $10 per class....

The best online classes for staying limber in lockdown

The best online classes for staying limber in lockdown

With indoor exercise being actively encouraged amid lockdown restrictions, ‘Barre’ as an exercise style is becoming more popular. Why? It is low impact. It incorporates the best of Pilates, Ballet and strength training. It is easy to adapt to a home environment and best of all it is safe and effective. At Just Believe Fit, we have become very creative in our Barre classes. We use a chair or bench instead of a Barre and props that you can find around the home if you don’t have your own set of weights and therabands. We have a fantastic range of...

Why DANCE offers more than just improving FITNESS for older adults.

Why DANCE offers more than just improving FITNESS for older adults.

The Just Believe Fit dance class ‘FIND YOUR GROOVE’ for mature movers is joyful in more ways than one. Class teacher, the beautiful Joy, brings a wealth of dance experience as well as her joyful exuberance to the sessions. Here she talks about the benefits of dance, her own experience, and the unexpected joy in the Find Your Groove classes.Experiencing the physical rigours of dance classes as a small child was for me never about how the movement looked, but how it made me feel: free, excited, flowing, calm, dynamic, graceful, expressive, and more! Then, when I progressed to dancing...