Pilates… Yes that is me in the pictures above :)
Pilates is a great tool to increase your core strength, body awareness, and can also help with your focus and body control.
In my experiences Pilates has helped with allowing me to work muscles that I normally would not work running and lifting weights. It is a different workout that requires your body to rely on your core to do most of the movements and have your larger muscle groups work as secondary movers.
This is much different than lifting weights or running on a treadmill because it requires your body to move in angles that you normally wouldn’t. The key benefits to this are that it gives you a longer leaner look and can increase your flexibility and range of motion.
For those of you who may be wondering how this can help you, it helps with toning your stomach as you are losing weight so once you drop the weight and body fat , you will have a stomach that you are proud to show off.
Pilates will help to build muscle in a more balanced way to avoid injury and since you are working muscles that you normally don’t work, it will give you a much better opportunity to lean up and wear those clothes that you really want to wear.
There are six pilates principles and they are Centering, Control, Flow, Breath, Precision, and Concentration.
Use these principles to give you an advantage in your workout program and help reduce stress.
And you know my philosophy on stress, less stress equals a leaner more toned body.
Are you guys currently using Pilates to help you in your fitness journey? If so, how and what benefits are you receiving?
Benefits of Stretching
Stretching will help to increase your flexibility in your body which will make sure that you do not pull any muscles. It increases your range of motion so that you can do more movements with less energy and less tightness. Stretching also increases your body’s blood flow which can ultimately help you recover faster as well as give you more energy.
How to Stretch
Be sure to warm up and before you stretch to make stretching more effective and beneficial for you. Ride a stationary bike or walk on a treadmill before you stretch for 5-10 minutes to ensure that you do not pull a muscle. Be sure to stretch both sides of your body and do not bounce but make it a smooth transition. Stretch 7 days a week throughout the day for maximum benefit.
Ask me whatever it is you need help with as far as weight training is concerned. Weight training is very important whether you are trying to be a bodybuilder, a bikini model or just a sexy stay at home mom. You just do things slightly different is all.