When focusing on your wellbeing, it’s important to remember that mental health and physical health should go hand in hand.
Being conscious and aware of how your exercise affects not only your physical wellbeing but also your mental wellbeing aids in a much more successful workout and becomes a great mindfulness practice. This is why mind-body workouts, such as Pilates, are so fantastic. Whether you’ve got a busy lifestyle and just try to fit in exercise whenever you can or you’re on a strict training regime, try to incorporate some Pilates into your routine.
Pilates is a great form of exercise as it works the whole body and focuses on strengthening your core. As well as improving your flexibility, it can also help to enhance your overall sports performance and improve your posture. Pilates is a particularly great form of exercise if you work in an office and sit at the computer all day where your posture might be affecting your everyday life.
But, there’s Pilates and then there’s also Reformer Pilates.
Promoting strength, length, flexibility and balance, Reformer Pilates is a type of Pilates which incorporates a piece of equipment called the Reformer bed. Not heard of it until now? Whether you’ve never tried it before or you’ve already attended a few classes and looking to extend your practice in your own time, check out the info-graphic below by Runway Pilates, which outlines the top ten Reformer Pilates exercises with beginners in mind.
Since many people won’t have access to a Reformer bed, the info-graphic highlights a nice mix of beginner exercises both on and off the Pilates Reformer bed, therefore there are no excuses! These exercises should be taken at your own pace and any that you particularly warm to, you should try to incorporate into your regular workout regime.
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