4 Pilates Moves to Try At Home
We know how difficult it can be to get to your workout class everyday. Sometimes, all we have is a few minutes at home in between work, errands, and the kids to get a quick sweat on. We came up with 4 Pilates moves you can do at home to get a workout in. All you need is a mat!
On your hands and knees, pull your bellybutton up while you maintain a neutral spine.Then, tuck your toes under, and lift your knees into a plank position. Inhale, slowly bend your elbows, pointing them straight behind you, then exhale and extend your arms.
Tip: Think about spreading all five fingers out on the floor, and sending equal pressure into your pinky and thumb.
Starting on your back, legs extended and arms reaching up to the ceiling. Inhale, and float your arms forward as you slowly curl your head, neck and shoulders off of the mat. Continue to roll up until you are sitting up tall. Start from your tailbone, and roll back down one bone at a time.
Tip: If you can’t roll smoothly through your spine, try holding onto the backs of your legs and assisting yourself through those sticky spots!
Starting on your back, legs in tabletop position and arms reaching up to the ceiling. Inhale, exhale, and curl your head, neck and shoulders forward to look at your knees. Start to pump your arms as you inhale for 5 counts, and exhale for 5 counts. Repeat until you hit 100 total!
Tip: Can’t make it to 100 yet? Try 4 sets of 25, or 2 sets of 50!
Single Leg Stretch:
Starting on your back,legs in tabletop position and arms reaching up to the ceiling. Inhale, exhale, and curl your head, neck and shoulders forward to look at your knees. Take both hands to your right knee, and extend your left leg out long. Slowly alternate between your legs for a set of 8, then rest.
Tip: For an extra challenge, don’t bring your knee all the way in to your chest – stop that knee at your tabletop position.