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Spring into a new body……with Pilates

Well the spring is officially upon us, though I am quite sure the bad weather  is not done with us yet!  Looking out at all the blossom and having seen such a fantastic display of daffodils this year maybe I am wrong.  However with the spring comes the urge to purge…….bad habits, weight, clutter and lazy muscles!!  Well,  good news, Pilates can help with some of those.

Spring is an ideal opportunity to find a new fitness regime and what better way than to ease into it with a one-to-one session Pilates session in the comfort of your own home.  I can come a long at a convenient time and discuss what you think your problems are regarding exercise and your body.  I can run through  all your questions and fears and we can check out your strengths and weakness’s so we can get you moving in the right direction and strart re-aligning and re-shaping your muscles.

Spring time gives me a determination to get as fit as possible for those lighter evenings and the promise of some sunshine. The unburdening of all those winter jumpers  is like shedding your winter coat and becoming “leaner”.  Pilates helps with toning the muscles to become leaner and stronger, ready for the summer months when I can spend more time out doors………yes, even when the good old British weather doesn’t play fair.

Spring also is an invitation to start eating more healthily again.  I always struggle in the winter months because I feel I need to eat more to keep warm……a myth I’m sure, but my excuse and I’m sticking to it!!  I have my juicer out again and have really cut out a lot of sugar from my diet.  A difficult one for me as a real sugar-holic!!  I am also trying to increase my water intake and decrease the coffee, tea and …….gingerbeer!  I knew it was sugary but whoa, not that much!  Tying to add fresh ginger to my juicing and lemon to my water, great for internal cleansing and digestion.  And soon it will be salad season, and I can resist the pasta/potatoe urge for some greenery.  Love it!

So, hoping Spring is an incentive to you all too.  To get fit, ditch the sugar, and join a Pilates class!Downward facing Dog with Jackie Brealey

 

Pilates for a summer body!

Well Easter is now passed, thank goodness, I really can’t stop myself when it comes to chocolate!  I tried not to buy any eggs but still managed a few dozen cream eggs over the last month……..I know how bad am I!!  Why do all the holidays involve chocolate.  So I am now trying to cut back on the sugar and bad stuff to get back on track!

And now ta dah….the sun has arrived!  Yes, we are promised a good few weeks of sunshine, which is so good for the soul.  Unfortunately not so good for winter bodies.  So people now is the time to kick start the healthy spring body and get down to some serious Pilates.  My classes will be concentrating on toning those waistlines and legs so we can all move into the warmer months stronger and leaner……..this is the plan, ladies and gents!

Try doing a few exercises in the morning when first get up.  Start with some gentle stretching and and deep slow breathing.  Get the lungs working properly and wake up the muscles.  And then pick 2 or 3 exercises from your classes and do 10 or 12 repetitions of each.  If your mornings are too manic then do the exercises in the evening or even lunchtime at home or work if you have a place that you can use.  However, if you are at work, or even doing your weekly shop do be sure  to pick your moment and exercise , probably not  a good idea to be lying down in the aisles of Sainsburys!

Doing Pilates 3 times weekly really can change the shape of your body.  If you can only make one class a week then do some at home too.  Yes i know we all lead busy lives but 15/20 minutes a couple of times in a week should be do-able.

seated adductor with Jackie Brealey

For those of you already doing  Pilates session a week just pick a few exercises and get started!  Single leg stretch, double leg stretch, hip rolls, spine curls and cobra or dart, are a good few to start with.  Then maybe on another day,  sit ups,  toe taps,  criss-cross or oblique sit ups, diamond press and roll downs.  You may want to just start with one day extra and build up to two.  Just talk yourself into believing it can and will make a difference if you stick at it.  Be confident in you ability to sculpt a better body, I know you can do it, you have to believe it too!!  Working hard now will pay off for the summer body.

Pilates is a great for making things simple or more difficult, remember the exercises can be built up or broken down to suit your ability, so if you already attend classes try and make a little time extra each week to incorporate a few short sessions in your own time.  If you don’t already do Pilates, come and join me in a first session, Pilateswithjackie, on a one to one basis and we can go through what you need to do to start re-align, re-shape and/or repair your  body.  Then if you want to join a class we can find one to fit in with needs.

Remember Pilates can re-align, re-shape and repair.