Thursday, 18 May 2017

Peta's A-Z of Pilates: G is for ...

In Peta's A-Z of Pilates, G is for ...


Setting yourself achievable goals will help focus your mind on what you want to get from your Pilates. Make your goals "SMART": Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timed.

Specific: We all want to 'get fitter', but it's more useful to know what particular aspects of fitness you are you going to work on. This also helps to keep your goals measurable...

Measurable: Giving yourself a goal that can be quantified with time, reps, or distance is ideal. This could be as simple as being able to touch your toes in a forward bend! When you can measure your progress towards your goal, you will be motivated to keep working at it.

Achievable: Get help from your Pilates teacher to identify goals that are important for you, and how to reach them within your range of abilities and within your budget.

Realistic: If your goal is measurable and achievable it is also likely to be realistic - you need to be able to get there as the person you are today, not as an imaginary perfect version of yourself.

Timed: Without a deadline you are less likely to succeed. Thinking about when you want to achieve your goal will also help you plan how you will fit your Pilates practice into your life.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

7 Top Tips for Pilates Day

7 Top Tips for Pilates Day ...that you can do right now!

1. Stretch your spine out. Reach your arms above your head, and lift your ribs up away from your hips ... feels lovely. Try and do this every day.

2. Correct your posture. Stand with your shoulders and bottom against a wall, just touching it but not leaning. Now gently press the back of your head towards the wall.

3. Squeeze your pelvic floor by rocking your hips forwards, backwards, and side to side.

4. Walk tall! Look straight ahead not at the ground.

5. Support your back by placing a rolled up towel or lumbar support behind your lower back.

6. Reduce joint stiffness by circling your ankles, wrists, and shoulders.

7. Ease stress by breathing deeply into your lungs. Place your hands on your rib-cage, and inhale so that your hands move away from one another as your ribs expand.

Have a happy and relaxing Pilates Day!

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