Pilates Exercises for Rainy Days
Those of you familiar with Pilates will know there are many different movements to choose from (500, in fact), all developed for various purposes. We’ve selected the ones you can enjoy in the comfort of your living room, so you needn’t worry about missing a group class if you can’t get to the club.
The beauty of Pilates is that it decreases your levels of anxiety and stress and helps balance your mind, switching off from the day-to-day grind and focusing on enjoying the present moment. With such amazing benefits, what are we waiting for? Let’s get started!
- Create enough space in your room to lie down and move freely, then pop on your favorite relaxing music. Stuck for ideas? Try our meditation playlist for inspiration.
- Sit, legs crossed, on a yoga mat if you have one (if not the carpet is fine), stretch your arms outwards as far as you can and hold.
- Lean towards one side, keeping your back aligned, and raise the opposite arm over your head following the inclination.
- Repeat on the other side twice more, with your legs stretched to each side. Grab your feet and elongate, really feeling that calf stretch!
- Stretch your legs in front of you and place your arms alongside them. Raise your legs simultaneously and find a balance. Hold this position for half a minute and repeat four times.
Rotate to your right, placing one elbow on the ground and lifting your leg parallel to the other. Keep each leg high, raise four times and then repeat the movement with your legs bent.
Switch sides and repeat the exercise.
Rotate your body into a side plank. Hold it for half a minute, and repeat to the other side. Next, move into a front plank and do ten push-ups. Slowly move, to lie on your back and do four sets of four abdominal crunches, focusing on really working each muscle.
Stretch your legs to the ceiling, keeping your shoulder blades to the ground. Guide your body slowly to the floor, first your right leg and then your left. Pull your knees to your chest and balance your back, feeling it stretch.
Now stretch out: opening your arms, palms facing upwards and legs slightly apart, and really focus on relaxing your body. Close your eyes and take some minutes to feel complete serenity, allowing your body to embrace the present moment. Remain completely relaxed for as long as you wish, then start to move your fingers and toes and slowly open your eyes. Is it still raining?