Gaining health and fitness with Pilates is an attainable goal and an important piece of the health and fitness puzzle. While the process of achieving a fit and healthy body will ask you to work hard and be patient, you should know that it is not as hard as you think. Through careful planning, you can reap the benefits Pilates has to offer.Once you decide to work towards health and fitness with Pilates, an important thing to recognize is the need to take it slowly. Do not rush into the process of beginning a new health and fitness routine because your body needs time to adjust. Building strength, both mental and physical, takes time. Rushing into a new regime without gathering the proper information might leave you disappointed and confused.The very first thing to know when beginning a Pilates fitness routine is that there are different types of Pilates. There are mat exercises and those that need Pilates exercise equipment. Among the two, the mat workout is very common to start with because it requires no equipment except a mat or soft surface and it also builds our strength gradually. Mat exercises include the need to lay down on your side, back, and stomach or do kneeling and sitting positions when executing the exercises. The main principle here is the use of your own weight for resistance. The flip side is to add small Pilates equipment such as band, ball, and ring in order to perk up weight resistance and to make the whole routine more challenging.The Reformer is the most essential of the larger Pilates equipment. There you will perform many of the same exercises as you do on the mat with the enhanced addition of weighted resistance. Since this equipment can be expensive, you can explore the option of private sessions with a certified professional or join a gym that offers reformer classes.By the time you start with Pilates routines, health and fitness with Pilates is surely something you can master after some time. Just continue with the process because you will reap the benefits of health and fitness with Pilates. Indeed, after all the hard work, you will see and feel good results. So keep on persevering until you reach your goals. Remember: patience and tenacity are the key elements of any new workout routine.
Shopping for backpacking stoves isn’t complicated, but there are a few important factors to consider. Occasional campers, serious backpackers, and international travelers all may have different things in mind when choosing a backpacking stove. You’ll have to decide if you want something compact and lightweight, rugged and reliable, powerful, versatile, or all of the above. And you do have one major decision to make at the outset: do you want a canister or liquid fuel backpack stove?Canister Backpacking StovesCanister stoves have become increasingly popular in the U.S. for their ease of use. Canister camping and backpacking stoves burn butane, propane or isobutane locked in sealed canisters. There are no worries about filling up fuel bottles, which is a major convenience. On the other hand you’ll need to stock up on fuel canisters–and be sure to carry the empties out with you.Canister stoves do have some clear advantages, and are now favored by many backpackers. One major convenience is that canister stoves are easy to light, with no pumping or priming required. The flame adjusts easily, which makes canister stoves great for actual cooking, beyond just bringing water to a boil. Some integrated canister fuel stoves like the Jetboil Personal Cooking System and MSR Reactor come with stove and cook pot combined into a single compact package.What are the disadvantages of a canister stove? You may not like being dependent on finding fuel canisters that will work with your particular stove model. In the past that’s been a problem particularly for people who travel a lot, and must buy fuel as needed along the way. Increasingly however many of the newer stoves are compatible with a variety of sealed canister fuel types available worldwide.With fuel included, canister backpacking stoves are often a little heavier than most liquid fuel stoves, though there are exceptions. The ultra-light and compact MSR Pocket Rocket is a great example. You must dispose of the canisters–they can’t be recycled. Be aware also that canister stoves that burn butane or propane perform poorly (or not at all) in below-freezing conditions. For colder weather choose an isobutane model like the Primus EtaPower.Liquid Fuel Backpacking StovesThe main alternative to canister stoves, liquid fuel stoves come into several different categories. A basic distinction is between stoves that burn white gas only, and multi-fuel stoves that can burn a variety of liquid fuel types. White gas-burning stoves were the traditional choice of backpackers for decades, and still are favored by many. The fuel is widely available, burns hots, and performs well in very cold conditions.Multi-fuel stoves tend to be more expensive, but provide the major advantage of running on practically anything. The MSR Dragonfly for example can burn white gas, regular automotive gas, diesel, aviation fuel and other solvents. Other models like the Coleman Exponent are categorized as “dual fuel” stoves, burning white gas and unleaded gasoline only.Having a stove that can be powered by multiple fuel types is particularly important for international travelers, since white gas is unavailable in many places. Multi-fuel expedition stoves like the Optimus Nova are designed to perform well on any fuel in practically any conditions.While comparing liquid fuel stoves make sure you know which type is which, as the differences between white gas and multifuel stoves are not always clear. An MS or AF at the end of a stove’s name means it’s a multifuel stove. The MSR WhisperLite Shaker Jet is a white gas stove, while the MSR Whisperlite Internationale is multifuel.Hybrid Backpack StovesIn recent years some great new stoves have appeared which bridge the canister-liquid fuel divide. Foremost among these is the Primus EtaPower MF (not the EF), which can run on isobutane canisters AND various liquid fuels. The Coleman Exponent Fyrestorm Ti can run on butane/propane canisters, or switch to liquid fuel in colder conditions. The Brunton Vapor AF is another interesting canister/liquid fuel hybrid.The best advice is to take a look at several different stoves, and try them out if you can. Think about what factors matter most to you, and what stove will best meet your needs and personal tastes. You can find more information about canister and liquid fuel backpacking stoves at the author’s backpack gear website.