Pilates is a style of full body workout which balances strength, mobility, and flexibility. It can be modified to suit any ability level no matter your age, size, gender, and fitness levels! Because it’s a low impact activity, it can provide numerous benefits to everyone. Some of these benefits include better posture, strengthened core, improved flexibility and balance, and even reduced back pain.
Workouts are usually on mats or on special equipment like the Reformer, Tower, and Stability Chair. Most exercises can be done with just yourselves, but if you have access to equipment, try it out! It’ll add an extra level of difficulty and burn those calories.
Simple examples of pilates exercises include:
- Hundreds – make sure you have a flat back, curl the head and shoulders up, bend your knees and lift your feet slightly off the floor, pump your arms up and down with small motions
- Twist and Reach – sit with your legs straight at hips width distance, hold a towel or band above your head with arms straight, twist and lean back slightly side to side
- Kneeling Side Kicks – to tone your lower body, kneel and lean to one side, placing the left arm on the floor and the right by your head, raise your right leg so it’s parallel to the floor and kick the leg in front.
- Standing Jumps – get your cardio in with standing jumps. Make sure to swing your arms to get the most out of each jump
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