Movement and Mood

I don’t typically share too much personal stuff online but I  wanted to share this.   This morning I woke up feeling off, just not myself.  Not sure if it was anxiety, frustration or overwhelm  or a combination of all three.   At this point I decided to sit, relax and breathe. I allowed myself to feel all the feels.

 

I made myself a nice breakfast, I ate slowly and acknowledged all  my senses.  I gave myself some grace and about 2 hours later I moved my body in a restorative way.  No crazy exercises just a gentle Pilates flow and it helped a lot.

There have been many studies showing that movement helps to improve moods.  That saying movement heals definitely helped me today.

How has movement helped you?

I will share the flow in a few days on my You Tube channel so you will have it for when you are having one of those days.

Be well.

 

It Adds Up

I know how busy life gets and sometimes we don’t have an hour or even thirty minutes to squeeze in some movement.    So, here is a short routine you can follow along with on my you tube channel.

Click the link below:

 A 4 Minute Pilates Routine

Let me know if you try it.

Be well.

 

Ten or Thirty Minutes

I always plan or write out my workouts for  the week on a Sunday night. I have been doing this for many years now.  This has kept me committed, accountable and focused. However, every once in a while  I lack that the motivation to workout.

 

 

I am sharing this to let you know that yep we ( trainers) have those days as well. I completely understand the ” lack of motivation” or “the just not feeling it today” mood.  I get it! I also know, that sometimes just pushing yourself a little (with in reason, obviously if you are sick then rest) and  by committing to exercising for ten or thirty minutes that day your  mind  and body will thank you and, you will feel so much better.

 

 

These shorter sessions can be as simple as going for a walk or dancing in your living room. They don’t have to be anything fancy, the key is to move. Remember movement heals.

Let me know in the comments some of  your tips to get your workout in when its “one of those days”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Injury Recovery

Here is the scenario, you just started working out  and eating right and enjoying your new fitness lifestyle or you have been working out and focused on healthy living for years and then BAM, you get injured either at the gym or you can just as easily get hurt running errands. Total bummer I know. So what do you do? Immediately, you turn to Dr. Google and start plugging in and describing your injury. Who knows the answers you will get.

I have been injured so I completely understand. I am sharing a few steps that I have taken that has helped me deal with and recover from an injury.

  1. I use KT Tape to stabilize and support the injured area.
  2. I get regular Acupuncture treatments.
  3. Depending on the severity of my injury, I will make an appointment to see a doctor or a movement specialist.
  4. I find  other ways to stay active, maybe I can’t run but I can walk, swim, do Pilates  or lift weights  etc. I find ways to work around my injury.
  5. I adjust my food intake.
  6. Some rest is necessary, but not too much.
  7. I include more anti-inflammatory foods and supplements in my diet.

However, when  in doubt always make an appointment to see a medical professional.

The silver lining with injuries is, you will come back stronger.

 

What are some steps you have taken to recover from injuries?

 

Be Patient

Joseph Pilates had many words of wisdom regarding his method, but the ones I will be focusing on  are these two:

” In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 you will see

the difference, and in 30 you will have a brand new body.”

“Patience and persistence are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worth while endeavor”.

Just like any other exercise program you have to commit  to the exercise method in order to see the many benefits.

Both  statements above stress consistency and patience. Give your body the  time and grace it needs to become the best it can be. Don’t expect changes overnight, or resort to quick fixes.

Be patient.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reformer Planks

I love planks in all its forms.  This series on the reformer is fun and challenging.

 

Let me know if you try these variations. Enjoy.

 

Daily Habits

 

According to Wikipedia habits are defined as a routine of behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously.

We all have habits or rituals we repeat daily, some good and some not so much and its the latter we want to change.

 

There is research that says it takes 21 days to form new habits, so it’s not going to happen overnight.  Whenever, I want to break a bad habit or habits and implement a new one, I first start with my mindset.  Secondly, I then have a mental plan on how overcome any road blocks that may occur and how to successfully deal with them.  I have discovered over time, that it is best to be patient with myself and to focus on only  changing one habit at a time.  It all starts with making the decision to change.

 

 

Hip Modifications in Pilates

 

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Here are a few modifications that I have used on myself as well as my clients when the hips pop, for example when doing single leg circles in Pilates.

Important point, if your hip hurts then before doing any modifications see your doctor before hand , these modifications are only if the hips are pain free. 

  1. Definitely make your circles smaller.
  2. Sometimes changing the position of your pelvis will eliminate the popping the sound.
  3. Adjust  or change your leg alignment.

Hope this helps.