Summer is finally here! Thecamper is packed and off wego for some fun in the sun inSaskatchewan (well, hopefully thesun part happens considering thecrazy amount of rain they've had ...yes, I did pack raincoats and umbrellas).But I didn't pack a thing for myfitness routine; no equipment neededfor a bit of daily Pilates.
Pilates is the perfect exercise programto take on holidays with you.This unique method of exercisefocuses on the core and posturalmuscles, with careful attention tobody alignment and awareness. Thisis great considering my body alignmentis always a bit tilted after the17 hour drive to my parent's home.Slouched shoulders, tight hamstrings,and tight left obliques (fromtwisting behind me to help the kidsa mere 50 times an hour) can take atoll. But, after a quick Pilates workoutI'm always standing taller andback in alignment in no time.
Don't worry if you don't have anhour to spend on the mat. Thegreat thing about Pilates is that it'sabout quality, not quantity.Spending 5 minutes a day on afocused program will make youstand taller and stronger. You canpack a yoga or Pilates mat if youhave the space. But using the beachblanket will work too.
If you're new to Pilates it is bestadvised to complete the majority ofyour workouts with a STOTT certifiedinstructor. Check www.stottpilates.com to find an instructorat your holiday destination. But, ifyou can't find an instructor, don'tworry. Pack your favourite STOTTPILAT ES DVD with you. Just grabthe kids portable DVD player andyou're all set.
If you're familiar with the method,then try one of these 5 minute"Pilates on Holidays" workouts tokeep your core strong and yourbody tall! Be sure to focus on theSTOTT principles; Breathing, PelvicPlacement, Ribcage Placement,Scapular Stabilization & Movement,and Head & Cervical Placement.
Pilates on Holidays Workout 2:
* Ab Prep w/arms extended* Breast Stroke Prep 1* Single Leg Stretch* Obliques Roll Back* Heel Squeeze Prone* Swan Dive Prep* Side Leg Lift 1,2,3*Leg Pull Front Prep
Pilates on Holidays Workout 1:
Ab Prep Breast Stroke Prep 2 Hundred w/legs down Obliques Shoulder Bridge Prep Swimming Prep Side Bend Prep Push Up Prep
And why not take your routineoutside. There is nothing morerefreshing than breathing out "thehundred" under the shade of a bigtree! As long as there are no mosquitoesthat is! The summer isshort. Grab your mat, head outside,and enjoy a Pilate's routine.Your body will thank you for it!