Don’t let winter destroy your fitness routines! Become a winter warrior!
Winter is the hardest time to keep your fitness routine in shape if you pardon the pun. Spending the afternoon under a cosy blanket, having heart-warming food and drinks in the evening and spending hours on the sofa with Netflix, That’s part of the charm of winter; why not enjoy all these activities as well as keeping up with your fitness routine. Here are just a few ideas that can help you to keep your fitness levels up during winter.
Going for a run on a freezing cold morning when you can’t get out from under your blanket may be difficult or cycling when it is pouring rain does not sound very appealing and no one can blame you for not wanting to do these! However, do not let your fitness routines completely evaporate in winter! There are so many other things you can do this winter!
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!
After sitting all day stretching seems like a necessity for flexibility and relaxation but is it really?
I keep thinking a lot about whether I need to add extra stretching exercises to my classes when my clients often say they want to be more flexible so I decided to do some research into this to make my mind up and hopefully give you a clear update on the topic!
I have been taught to stretch after every exercise session since I was 7 years old to increase my mobility and flexibility and I love stretching! Not just that, if I look at my cat I can see her benefiting from stretching and it is almost one of the most natural instincts in every species! When I started my Pilates training everything changed, as my school strictly emphasized that no one needs to stretch unless you are a professional dancer who is after a greater range of movement. I have been questioning this since I started to teach.
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.