The first part of the year has gone by so quickly. We don’t want it to slip away without taking the time to recognize our successes. Why? Because it’ll help keep your “resolution” FRESH in mind and your motivation clear. While the New Year isn’t so new anymore, that doesn’t mean you can’t do a Resolution Refresh. Find all the good nuggets in your first 90 days of 2015 and keep cheering yourself on!
Spring is a time of renewal. Not only is it time to vary your workout and swap the wardrobe, it’s also an excellent time to spring clean the pantry! Guest blogger Laurie Schubert, PhD RD LDN, gives us the lowdown on freshening up our food environment.
A great pair of exercises that help rebalance the muscles that often become weak from hours of being desk-bound! This move targets all the muscles typically weakened from the sedentary posture, by opening up the hips, chest and shoulders. As with all Pilates exercises, you want an initiation in the core, and then you’ll be working the glutes, hamstrings, and the upper back muscles that help to stabilize your shoulder blades and counter tight pecs.
One of the best exercises you can learn to help get out of a hunched or kyphotic posture, is the Pilates Fundamental referred to as “Flight.” Flight is considered a fundamental because it’s the base move for a number of Pilates exercises, and as with all foundational exercises, like with ribcage arms or the Pilates breath, understanding how to do it well is key.
Just like with all skills, the more often you are able to catch the negative and change what is going on in your mind, the better chance you’ll have at staying inspired toward your goals. Practice makes permanent! Have courage and be daring with yourself this year!
Relieve your brain-drain! You already know how important it is to keep your workouts consistent to help regulate your stress levels. The Pilates principles themselves are perfect for de-stressing with centeredness on breath and inner body awareness. Additionally, there are a number of other ways to compliment and mix-up your de-stressing routine. These activities stimulate the brain and can help you refresh and be more productive.