When your busy schedule deters you from getting to the gym or Pilates studio, don't just throw in the towel on your fitness. Even if you are always on the go, you can easily fit in these five Pilates exercises.
If you have not previously practiced Pilates or have some doubts as to its ability to get you fit, read Get a Pilates body for information on the benefits of Pilates as well as the recommendations to make it a part of your fitness regime. And before you begin any new exercise routine, talk to a qualified Pilates instructor – or physical therapist, if you are coming back from an injury – to make sure you do a level of Pilates that is right for you.
1. Lie on your back with your head resting on the mat. Pull your knees into your chest and inhale deeply. As you exhale, sink your belly button towards the mat, maintaining this position throughout the exercise.
2. Tuck your chin into your chest as you reach forward past your legs. Lift your head and keep reaching forward until you feel your shoulder blades press into the mat. Straighten your legs to the ceiling, squeezing your legs together.
3. Pump your arms straight up and down as if you were slapping water. Keep your arms straight and do not touch the mat. Pump your arms for 100 counts. When you are done, return your head to the mat and bring your knees into your chest and rest.
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