Here at The Beauty Bean, we’re avid Pilates fans. We love how it tones our cores, tightens our bodies and lengthens our spines. Heck, Alexis has even grown an inch since starting to practice Pilates years ago. The best part of Pilates, though, is that while there are pieces of fancy equipment you can practice on, with just your body and enough floor space to lie down on, you can do Pilates anywhere, for free!
Whether you’re looking to give Pilates a test-run or just need a new way to spruce up your workout, Kate Artibee, the founder of Sanctuary Pilates and Wellness has 3 exercises for you to try today!
Should you try yoga too? Find out here!
Roll-Ups. Lay flat on your back, with your legs fully extended and your arms reaching straight to the ceiling. Flex your feet and squeeze your inner thighs together. Roll up to sitting stretching your hands toward your feet as you go. Feel smooth articulation of your spine as you travel bone-by-bone. Be sure to keep your heels on the floor and keep your shoulders down on your back throughout. To add extra focus, try breathing out to lift up and breathing in as you roll back down to the floor. Repeat 6 times.
100’s. Lie on your back with your knees in table-top (thighs perpendicular to the floor, knees bent 90 degrees with your shins parallel to the floor) and arms by your sides. Roll half way up to sitting so your head and shoulders are off the floor. Stretch your hands towards your feet and press your feet out at a 45 degree angle from your body. Begin pumping your arms gently like you’re slapping water. Breathe in for five of these slaps, out for five, and repeat ten times.
Criss-Cross. Start lying on your back with your hands behind your head and legs in table top. Pull your head and shoulders up off the floor and twist your right elbow to your left knee. Alternate your left elbow to your right knee. For added depth, exhale as you turn into the exercise, inhale as you pass through center. Repeat ten times on each side.