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.
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.
- Lie on the floor face up, knees bent.
Stretch your arms along the sides of your body.
Take a full deep inhale and exhale.
- 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.)
- Start pumping your arms 5-6 inches from the mat while
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.