Mindfulness and clean living are all the rage at the minute, and so they should be as your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Mind-body workouts have been around for a long time and should form part of your personal fitness, whether you’re on a strict regime due to training or you’ve got a hectic lifestyle and try your best to exercise when possible to stay healthy.
Strengthening your core and creating an evenly conditioned body, Pilates is a fantastic mind-body workout which improves flexibility and helps to enhance your overall sports performance. Offering a whole variety of benefits for a healthy mind and healthy body, Pilates will help to increase muscle strength and improve your posture.
Reformer Pilates is a type of Pilates which aims to promote length, strength, flexibility and balance whilst using a piece of equipment called the Reformer bed. Whether you’ve never tried Pilates before or you’ve been to a few classes and looking to try out some exercises in your own time, the below infographic by Runway Pilates outlines the top ten exercises you can try to start you on your Pilates journey, whether it’s normal Pilates or Reformer Pilates.
The infographic showcases a mix of beginner exercises both on and off the Pilates Reformer bed, since not everyone will have access to a Reformer bed. These top ten exercises should be taken at your own pace with an aim to try and incorporate the exercises into a regular workout regime.
Ideal for any level, whether you’re training, toning or recovering, go the Pilates way and have fun with these exercises! From hip rolls for your glutes and side splits for balance, to leg stretches for endurance and footwork for aligning the body and strengthening legs, discover which exercises are you favourite and let us know how you get on…