As I mentioned in my last #mytworkout, I often skip post-work out stretching due to my hectic schedule. While I don’t stretch regularly, I treat my muscles to the recovery they so deserve with weekly Pilates or yoga classes. It’s during these classes that I dissolve tightness and tension in my muscles. When it comes to Pilates, I am definitely a beginner and always work with an instructor. So please be mindful that my skill level is absolutely a work in progress. One of the things that I love about Pilates is that it is super gentle, and half that time it doesn’t feel like your are even working. But please don’t be fooled, the results and benefits are impressive. For one, it really sculpts your muscles, making your limbs look long and lean. Also, Pilates does wonders for strengthening your core and correcting your posture. A strong core and correct posture can positively impact your organ health and mental wellness. For example, strong abdominal muscles protect your internal organs and central nervous system, alleviate back pain, improve posture and increase balance. Good posture encourages proper breathing, circulation and digestion, muscle strength, reduces back pain and decreases fatigue and depression. So, not only will you look taller and leaner, you’ll be shining on the inside as well. This is why I am a fan Pretty Birds.
In this video, I demonstrate three basic exercises on the reformer:
1) Short Spine – Focus on spinal articulation and strengthening the abdominals.
2) Front Splits – Works on opening the hips.
3) Long Stretch – Strengthening the abdominals and challenging stability on a moving carriage.
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These exercises and reps are only suggestions.
Please go at your own pace and refer to fitness professionals when necessary.