When I discovered Pilates, I found that the method was excellent cross-training for my running. The focus on core strength, spinal health and flexibility for the hips and legs especially makes it a conditioning program ideal for balancing out the body from hitting the pavement.
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.
The sun is rising later and setting earlier now. All the indications of autumn are making their presence known. Shifting gears into this season means adjusting to different temperatures, changing over to soups and comfort foods, and tuning-in to your favorite TV series with fresh new episodes. While those shows have you hanging on the edge of your seat, it’s also an ideal time to revitalize your workout and check-in with your body! Here are 5 ways to tune-in for a tune-up:
Proprioception, or body awareness is like a sixth sense. It informs the body of where your limbs and your torso are in space consciously and unconsciously. The Pilates method calls for attentiveness to form so that there is no wasted effort or undue tension. The starting point for anyone’s form however, begins in the individual’s perception and negotiating their center of gravity in space.
The reason we pay such attention to the foot is because we rely on the strength and dynamic capability of our arches. Wikipedia describes an arch as “a structure that spans a space and supports structure and weight above it.” The arch is so reliable that it has been used since ancient times to support huge structures. The Romans fortified their arches from concrete – making them highly stable.