Pilates is a full body workout that is low impact which makes it great for anyone, at any age. Pilates helps people to move better, feel better, and perform at their best. This wonderful exercise system was developed by Joseph Pilates helps people:
- Build strength and tone muscles
- Improve balance
- Increase flexibility and mobility
- Develop core strength
Joseph Pilates created Contrology which later turned into Pilates, over 80 years ago. Exercises are performed on a mat or a specially designed Pilates equipment including the Reformer, the Trapeze Table or Cadillac, the Wunda Chair, the Magic Circle, and Barrels. The Pilates system includes exercises for every part of the body and applications for every kind of activity. When Pilates was first created, it was so far ahead of its time that it did not begin to achieve popular recognition until the first few years of the 21st century. Over 10 million people are now practicing Pilates in the United States and numbers are growing every year.
People with back injuries may also benefit from practicing Pilates as the movements performed help to strengthen the back muscles without placing any pressure on them particularly on the Reformer or Cadillac.
So why not give Pilates a try!!!
The Pilates Roll Over
To start lie on your back with your hands at your sides, your legs together and your feet pointed.
Step 1: Exhale. Engage your core and lift the legs up toward the ceiling to prepare.
Step 2: Inhale. Roll your lower back off the mat reaching your legs overhead until they are parallel to the ground. Press your upper arms into the mat and roll up until you are balanced no higher than the top of your shoulder blades. Do not roll up onto your neck! (shown above)
Step 3: Continue to inhale and open your legs shoulder width apart and flex your feet.
Step 4: Exhale. Roll down, keeping the legs shoulder width apart, engaging your core and pressing the upper arms into the mat to make the roll smooth and steady. Keep the chest open and the back of the shoulders on the mat. Lower the legs as far as possible without letting the back arch off the mat.
Step 5: Continue to exhale and bring your legs back together and point the feet to start again.
Do 3 reps beginning with toes pointed then do 3 reps beginning with feet flexed and shoulder width apart.
Not only is this exercise fun it also helps you develop core strength and control, increases your flexibility, teaches you how to articulate the spine, and stabilize your shoulders.
I wanted to share my experience I had the other day….. I was introduced to a clothing company from a good friend of mine. I am looking for something fabulous for an upcoming video shoot for a Pilates DVD I am making (more details to come!!!). They told me about this company based in Newport Beach and raved about the quality and style. So I went to check out their collection on this past Monday and I fell in love!!!! The company is Delanowear.
Here is more about Delanowear found on their website www.Delanowear.com:
Sparked by their love of dance, Tamara and Britt, a mother and daughter duo, created this high-end active wear line to be multifunctional and stylish for every-day comfort. “Sacrificing style for functionality is not part of our philosophy,” says Tamara. Wanting to fulfill a void in luxury women’s active wear, this duo created Delanowear to satisfy those women who crave fashion forward designs in everything they wear.
Based in Newport Beach, California, the Delanowear collection delivers versatility while focusing on comfort, high quality, and everyday functionality. The collection is hand-crafted in the USA and constructed of some of the most durable sportswear fabrics such as Supplex®. We have a custom blend cashmere that has the stretch of our Supplex® but the feel of your favorite sweater. This lightweight, indestructible, and fade-resistant fabric feels like cotton, but has the sustainability of nylon. This wrinkle-free and quick drying fabric can be worn throughout your day. All garments are crafted and embellished with fabrics from Brazil, zippers from Switzerland, and only the finest trims available.
Check them out at www.Delanowear.com you will not be disappointed!!! And stay tuned for more on my upcoming workout video wearing the Delanowear collection!