Do you suffer from a stiff or painful back ? I have come across this a lot over the last year. I have clients in their 30’s and even those in their 20’s with serious back complaints.
Why is this becoming so common even in younger people? Do you get up with a stiff back and feel like you cannot move all day? If so read on...
My husband who is in his early 30’s inspired me to write about this topic. He has been complaining about his back for two years now and it took
him a while to be convinced that a slow paced physical activity like Pilates would help with his back pain. How he took up Pilates is another long post. (!)
Neck, upper back and lower back are the most common problem areas affecting everyone. There is so much information about the negative impact of a sedentary lifestyle already, I know many of you are also looking for some help with this issue. Slow paced mat exercises are the best for easing your back pain. Relaxing on a mat after a tiring day really helps to reduce tension on your back. There are so many exercises that you can do and here are some that will keep your back healthy.
I am regularly getting asked about weight loss and how Pilates can help you to lose weight and get in shape. I have been doing some research on exercises and the options available that can help you burn fat and still care about your safety, body alignment and your joints movement at the same time. Hip Pilates ticks all these boxes!
It is a dynamic Pilates class which totally excites me! I am very comfortable to say that you will burn fat and get healthier and stronger! I have been trying many fitness classes: Circuit training, TRX, HIIT, boot camps and had been finding myself questioning how safe they are with not enough attention to how the body moves, how everyone’s alignment is or the pace of the class. After all my motivation and attempts I sadly ended up dropping these methods. When I first heard of HIP I knew I was in safe hands with Lisa Bradshaw who is an absolute Pilates Guru and after my training with her here are my notes on this amazing training!
Are you worried about taking your first fitness class?
You are not the only person who wants to go to a class but who has so many worries stopping them from taking this step.
I meet many like you every week who say they don’t know anything about Pilates and haven't done any exercise or fitness classes for years and are not sure if they can pick it up or follow a class, they feel uncomfortable about their physical appearance and do not want to feel embarrassed if they can't do the exercises in the class.
Some people I meet even worry that they will hold the class back and instead of trying they don't attend. Don’t let your insecurities to stop you! You may have heard this before but if something feels out of your comfort zone it is usually a good thing for personal growth.
Today, I continue by giving some tips on how to improve your strength and your posture outside of your fitness or Pilates classes.
These are small amendments to your everyday routine for a healthier lifestyle, you can improve your body and your alignment without devoting extra time to taking a formal class. (Please check part one here. )
Sleeping: We all know how it is so important to maintain our health and our body, your muscles and ligaments relax and heal themselves while you sleep. What I want to talk to you about specifically is sleeping and how it is so important for your posture.
We all focus on what we eat and do when we are awake but we spend average of 6 to 7 hours sleeping… This is a lot more time than we spend on any other daily activity (walking, exercising, sitting, standing, cycling… etc) that we focus on so much. Good posture doesn’t apply to just sitting or standing, it should be even more important when you are sleeping.
Some of you may be suffering back pain as soon as you get out of your bed in mornings. Another common problem may be your quality of sleep; you may be moving and having breaks throughout the night. These are common problems that are related to your bad posture habits while sleeping.