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How to Keep Your Pilates Resolutions

If you’re keeping up with your Pilates classes, then you’re definitely off to a great start for the year ahead.  Even 5 minutes a day of a trusty mat exercise is good for your health and well-being.

The Hundred

Yeah, you know the one — if we don’t start class with it, we usually do it at some point during your private or group session.

The hundred is a great way to warm up your body. It builds deep core strength, stamina and flexibility. Check it out.

  1. Lie on the floor face up, knees bent.
    Stretch your arms along the sides of your body. DSCF3001711244e383c9
    Take a full deep inhale and exhale.
  2. Lengthen your neck and lift your head and shoulders.
    If your neck is tight, or uncomfortable,
    place your hands at the base of the skull.
    (More advanced version:
    add lifting your feet from the floor and extend legs.)
  3. Start pumping your arms 5-6 inches from the mat while DSCF2997ab8950
    breathing in fully
    for a 4 or 5 count and out for a 4 or 5 count. Do this 10 x’s.
    Place your head back on the mat.
    (If your hands are behind your head, simply breathe in for a
    4 or 5 count and then out for 4 or 5 count 10 x’s.)

That’s it! Do this twice a day and see what happens in one week. If you do it every day, you’ll notice your abs getting stronger and it’s a great way to get your blood moving… perfect during these cold weather months.

Let me know how it goes.

 

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