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5 Reasons You Should Be Doing Pilates

5 Reasons You Should Be Doing PilatesPilates

Pilates is a system of exercises that is designed to improve physical strength, flexibility and posture, and improve your mental awareness. Here are 5 reasons why you should start doing Pilates today.

1)      Improved Flexibility- The constant bending and twisting throughout the day can cause a lot of stress on your muscles and joints. However, Pilates can correct this tension, allowing you to do the things you love. A flexible muscles is a healthy muscle, and a healthy muscle can handle stressors that may lead to injury.

2)      Better Sleep- A stress hormone called cortisol is released following a stressful event; it is important that cortisol levels return to normal after. Unfortunately, in our high-stress society, the stress response is activated so often that the body does not always have a chance to return to normal. Exercise “eases” these hormones, allowing you to be more focused throughout the day, and tired at night. Pilates is great, because it doesn’t wear out your muscles, so there is no soreness later on.

3)      Weight LossIf you practice Pilates regularly, you will change your body. Pilates creates long, lean muscles. It may be low-impact, but it isn’t easy. Once you have the routine down, expect to work up a light sweat. The formula for weight loss however remains the same: burn more calories than you consume. And Pilates (being a full body workout) will do exactly that.

4)      Lengthens the Spine and Improves Posture- Poor posture creates a string of structural changes throughout the body that can cause pain and imbalance in the shoulders and neck. This may cause migraines, neck, and lower back pain. Pilates targets the deep postural muscles creating a strong, aligned core.

5)      Mind and Body Connection- Pilates practice gives complete attention to every movement by instructing the brain to release tension, control movement and breath with precision and flow.

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Weekend Workout- No equipment required

Weekend Workout- No equipment required
Warm up by walking or jogging 5 minutes. Be sure to stretch after warmup and after workout.
You can do it!!!

Perform each exercise for 30 seconds. Repeat 3-6 times.jackie13
1. Jumping jacks
2. Plank hold
3. Walking lunges
4. Pushups
5. Squats
6. Tricep dips
7. Burpees
8. 30 second rest


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Exercising in the Office

absTired of sitting in your chair dreaming about the body you could have if you didn’t spend all your time at work? Try these exercises to slim and tighten your abs!

The abdominal squeeze: All you have to do is sit on the edge of your office chair with your feet flat on the floor. Then with your spine straight, pull in your stomach as much as you can and hold the squeeze.

The elbow to knee: Begin by raising your left arm overhead and then lifting your right knee into the air while bringing your left elbow down and across your body toward your knee. Repeat on the opposite side.

The seated oblique twist: Place a pointer stick, ruler or broom stick across your upper back and shoulders. It’s held with your elbows bent at your sides, palms forward. Sit up tall on the edge of your chair with your knees bent and feet on the floor. You can also bend your elbows and place palms on top of your shoulders to do the exercise without the stick.  Simply rotating your spine from side-to-side is all you need to do for the exercise, though it is important to keep your abs tight as in the abdominal squeeze exercise. You can also rotate to one direction and then back to center first before working the other side.

Aim for 10- 15 repetitions 3- 5 times!