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Summer Is Coming

The body’s instinctive respond to frigid temperatures is to insulate. You crave more food than usual to escape the pain of winter, and the boredom of being stuck indoors. Hence, the beached whale affect when the weather changes and it’s finally time don skimpier attire.

Not all of us have been vigilant over the past few month. Over 50 it doesn’t take long for the heart to atrophy, and add a few pounds and suddenly you’re at risk. Especially if you haven’t been doing the minimal amount of cardio over the past few months. Cardiac arrest is a mostly needless way to die.

Looking good is its own reward. The confidence that comes with radiant health is a celebration. Be an example to your family by giving them an enduring gift, and showing them how to keep the body optimally functioning. Buying time and extending the cycle of life.

Take one step at a time. Or leap forward in an ideal environment dedicated to one thing only. Exponentially improving your biological inheritance.

Come have a smoothie and a workout at Panacea. Ciao, Pietro

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Doing What You Don’t Want To Do

Want to explore the depths of human suffering? (Yeah, me neither) Try reffing 6 games with diarrhea and a broken finger.

Consider this. Between games you’ve got about 7 minutes while the Zamboni cleans the ice. You have to remove your reffing shirt, underlying neck-guard shirt, suspenders, padded shorts, jock-shorts, tights and underwear, maneuvering in the cubicle with skates on. Lining the seat with toilet paper with a finger broken from a shot in the first game.

Ouch!! It’s not a pretty picture.

You hear a lot platitudes about pursuing your dream. But is that an accurate portrayal of reality. Or is it a breeding ground for misconceptions and thwarted expectations.

If you own your own business you know it’s not always glamorous. You’re the guy moping the floor and scrubbing the toilet. Doing your taxes, for example, isn’t considered fun and sexy, but that needs to be done too. A little humility is more useful than dreams of glory.

The same goes for your workout. You have to switch the focus to the very thing you’re trying to avoid. And for some, especially at the beginning, that might be the whole idea of working out at all.

How’s this for a platitude? Do what you don’t want to do! And do a lot of it. In fact, keep doing it until, to your amazement, you actually enjoy it. You enjoy the challenge of doing a 10 minute plank. Something miraculous happens, the pain is something your body and mind is suddenly okay with.

Make working out as much of a pleasure as you can by rewarding yourself with a delicious smoothie beforehand, a favourable environment, infrared heaters to warm your bones and increase flexibility, maybe even a gourmet meal afterwards. As we so often do here at Panacea. All so you can work on the very things you initially didn’t want to deal with.

Sore joints, excess weight, shortness of breath, floppy triceps, skinny legs, flat butt. These things are fixable. Face the music. You’ll be glad you did.

Hope to see you soon at Panacea! Ciao, Pietro

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The Importance Of Doing Squats

Squats are thee most important exercise you can do.

Without them, your connection to the earth, and your mobility, becomes increasingly fragile, compromised. Senors are vulnerable to falls due to gaining a few pounds. And from the inevitable atrophying of the quadriceps, hamstrings, and gluts that occurs with people who don’t consciously work these large and vital muscle-masses.

With them, you are grounded, stable, confident. Someone bumps into you, you smile. You’re not a disaster waiting to happen.

Men, as they age, tend to get skinny legs, and loose their butt. Women tend to get big in the butt. The antidote for both sexes is the same, squats.

Especially hockey players have no future in the game without doing squats. You simply won’t survive at the higher level. You won’t have the skating power, and you’ll get knocked over too easily.

So do your squats twice a week! Old and young!

We do them at every Abs class. At every Hockey Yoga class. The benefits are profound. Come join us. At $6 a class, including a delicious smoothie, it really is the best deal in town.

Ciao, Pietro

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Back Asswards

People don’t get it.

The tendency is to work on your strengths, not your weaknesses. Your weaknesses should be the first priority.

You see fairly flexible women at yoga. Not stiff middle aged men who can’t even touch their knees, let alone their toes. Many of whom end up with serious back problems.

You see a preponderance of mature men with spare tires pounding the weights. Chest, arms and shoulders instead of doing something about the flat butt and scrawny legs.

It’s all I can do, sometimes, to refrain from marching up to people at the gym and shouting, quit everything you’re doing because you’re wasting your time!

If you have heart issues in your family, and concerned about your weight, do those long sweaty cardios on a consistent basis. You’ll never have to worry about a heart attack again.

Weight lifting is a must for women concerned with calcium absorption and osteoporosis.

Friday Night Yoga is back on Sept. 5 at 730 pm. The next morning, the 6th at 10 am, is Abs Class. Please reserve your spot in advance because space is limited. We’re adding a second Abs class on Tues nights, starting Sept. 9 at 730 pm. See you there!

Don’t do what you love. Love what you do.

And feel good. Look good.

Ciao, Pietro

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Trim Your Gray Bush

This is referring to men’s chest hair. But any gray bush on any part of your anatomy, will do.

Sure, exercise and diet are the bedrock of looking and feeling good, but proper grooming is the icing on the cake. The grisly-gray-nub-look makes you look 20 years older.

The shaven-chest-look is good if you have the chest for it and can pull it of. But it feels like sandpaper, I’m told. Some women prefer a man to look like a man.

Get yourself one of those electric shavers you see at the saloon. Trimmed chest-hair not only looks good, it feels good. Watch the years fall off. Find yourself a place to do it with good lighting.

We like to do ours in the front vestibule of the house because the lighting is excellent compare to the dull lighting in the bathroom. You can see us in window if you’re driving by on St. Clair Ave:)

Here the deal with the summer schedule:

Abs class, with its robust following, will only close down for the month of Aug. It’ll be back up and running in Sept.

Yoga class is presently still going. But if attendance is slackens I will suspend the class until Sept for a fresh start. So come out if want them to continue.

Let me know where you’re at?

Ciao, Pipeto

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Aged To Perfection

Feeling good. Looking good. Good health. These are the qualities that supersede all others. Getting your priorities straight is the first step to achieving them.

Set yourself a weekly regime of exercise which is as varied as it is interesting to you. Running with your dog, abs class, yoga, weight-lifting, or best of all, accelerate the process with a personal trainer.

Margaret Gault

I’d like you to meet my mother, Margaret. I won’t tell you her age because I don’t want to die. If you know my age, do the math. She’s the person I’ve trained the longest so I should take at least some of the credit.

She has always worked out vigilantly. And eats well, and makes delicious meals. And enjoys happy hour. And listens, and always contributes something interesting to the conversation.

Who’s coming this weekend? Who isn’t? Lemme know.

Ciao, Pepito

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A Must For Your Wrists

Recuperating from a broken arm? Tennis or golfer’s elbow? Symptoms of carpel tunnel? Arthritis? Or are you interested in radically transforming your shot? Strong flexible wrist have many useful applications besides opening jars.

Do this series of wrist exercises 6 days a week for a 3-week period. You will be amazed by the results.

See you at yoga and abs this long weekend? Let me know. Ciao, Pepito

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Suicidal Inactivity

The body is forgiving. It can come back from the brink. Once you finally find your groove, the body almost miraculously resuscitates from physical activity.

It’s the mind that gets in the way. The longer you wait, the more decades go by, the better you are at dodging the elephant in the room. You became a genius at rationalizing your own suicidal inactivity.

Life is for the living. At no time are you more alive than when your heart is pounding, and your muscles are stretched and straining toward the horizon.

Human beings are made to strive. The alternative is no life at all.

Salute, Pepito

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For Valentines

Give that special someone something special for Valentine’s. Don’t just take her to dinner again. The body is your temple  at Panacea Studio.

This Friday it’s none other than the ethereal Meryem. Fresh from the far-flung shores of Morocco. And full of mystery.  Meryem will do her magic. And open your heart.

You will be transported. Be there. Alone or with your partner.

Ciao, Pietro

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Hockey Yoga

Be a little hungry all the time. If you can master the skill of being a little hungry always, and to quit eating just before you’re full, you’ll never have a weight problem. And you’ll experience many health benefits.

When a little hungry you’re in calorie burn mode. Many of us have a primal fear of this. It challenges our security. Residing on the borderline of security is actually the only real security we can have. Which seems counter-intuitive.

Be a little hungry. But don’t go into starvation mode because that’s when you do something stupid. Like downing a pizza before bed, or reloading your plate.

By learning this simple skill, you pass it on to your offspring.

Hockey yoga is coming Feb. 7. Taught by yours truly. It includes the Inversion Table for willing participants, aromatherapy, and incorporates stretching drills with regular yoga poses. Rest a assured, we languish in long lingering restorative postures. And, of course, the signature smoothie.

Work your spine back to an effortless Bridge.

This Friday it’s the hypnotic Heloise. Let me know you’re coming if you haven’t already.

Ciao, Pietro

Panacea Studio
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