Everybody's looking for a good exercise routine. So, what constitutes a good routine and workout?
Well, after years of doing exercises that didn't work well for me I found that a good Pilates routine is the best way to do exercise. It is well rounded, fun, didn't hurt after, and didn't take up a lot of my time.
1. Continuous Flowing Movements -
One exercise flows into another with a low number of repetitions and high quality moves.
The single and double leg stretch, shown here, is a good example of this method, flowing one into another.
They offer a great way to stabilize your core muscles while simultaneously stretching your arms and legs.
2. Stretching and Strengthening Exercises:
Pilates does a great job of combining these two important exercise components in each routine so you aren't sore later.
The beauty of Pilates is that it helps to work the length tension imbalances in the body, it stretches the tight muscles and strengthens the weak ones.
One of my favorite ways to do this is with the Eve's Lunge on the Reformer shown below. This exercise stretches the hip flexors and hamstrings while simultaneously strengthening the quadriceps.
3. Mindful Focus:
Each movement employs intentional focus along with very conscious breathing cues.
The Teaser is a perfect example of an exercise that employs mindful focus to help achieve balance and better body awareness.
4. Fun and Energizing -
Pilates exercises leave you feeling invigorated and full of energy, not run down and exhausted.
Some of my favorite Pilates workout routines involve using the exercise ball. The ball is fun, challenging, and you can work the whole body in 10 minutes!
5. Perfect Time Frame:
You can do a little or a lot to suit your workout time frame. Some of us only have 10 minutes at a time and others want a full hour.
Pick your time frame and then decide which exercises you want to do in your good exercise routine using some of my favorite Pilates exercises found on this site.
6. Do it Anywhere:
You can do a good exercise routine using Pilates anytime, anywhere. Just get on the floor, bed, or even a rock out in the wilderness!
Aug 11, 17 12:29 AM
Dear Jennifer, I just wanted to reach out and thank you for dramatically improving and changing my life. About a year ago, I woke up in debilitating
Jul 12, 17 06:44 PM
Hi, I had a total right hip replacement 8 months ago; I rehabbed really quickly, although I was also (and still am) dealing with L4 spondylolisthesis.
Jul 01, 17 08:28 PM
The best exercise for people with scoliosis will depend on what type of curvature you have. With an "S" stabilize the spine, with a "C" stretch one side and strengthen the other.