It’s Fitness Friday here at The Pulse and we’re feeling inspired, so we’ll be posting all kinds of fitness tips for you to follow at home or in class.
This week, we’re talking all things pilates. If your back and joints feel stiff when you take up, a simple roll down each morning will help to ease the tension and start the day with a smile.
- Stand with your feet hip width apart.
- Pull your tummy in and lift your pelvic floor.
- Stand tall and try and lengthen your spine.
- Pull your shoulders back, aiming to pull shoulder blades into your back pockets of your trousers.
- Take a deep breath in – as you exhale, tuck your chin to your chest and slowly roll down reaching your hands towards feet.
- Imagine your spine is like a cycle chain and you are moving each link in turn.
- Go as far as you can – if you feel it pull on the back of your legs and you feel discomfort, soften your knees.
- Hang your head and arms down for a breath.
- Take a deep breath in and as you exhale slowly lift to the start position again. Keep your shoulders back and head in line with your back standing tall.
Repeat this exercise up to six times each morning and you’ll soon feel the benefits of a more flexible, supple spine.
To find out more, come along to one of our pilates classes, which take place every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. For more details, see our timetable.