If you’re asked when’s the last time you’ve worked on toning your core, you’ll probably don’t remember no thanks to your busy schedule. But busy schedule or not, you should always make room for fitness as it will protect you against various diseases while keeping your body flexible and strong. You don’t really need to go to the gym all the time because there are exercises that you can do at home that can improve your overall health. One such workout program to try is Pilates.
Pilates is a fitness workout that is geared to everyone regardless of your current fitness level. There are many Pilates exercises that are modified to fit the needs of its users so you don’t have to worry if you are just starting out. As a matter of fact, here are some basic Pilates moves that you can do at home. All you will need is a mat and time.
- Rolling like a ball. Go into a seated position with your knees bent and toes pointed and touching the floor. Hold your thighs with your hands then lift your legs up. Your knees should be at shoulder-width apart and your head lowered between the knees. Inhale and exhale to help deepen your abdominals and to retain your balance. Rock yourself backwards to your shoulders and not on your neck or head then roll yourself back up. Repeat this move five times.
- Standing roll-down. Stand with your feet parallel and at hip-width apart. Inhale first then as you exhale extend your arms upward and reaching toward the back. Inhale once more then as you exhale roll yourself forward and down one vertebrae at a time. Sit back as if you are going to sit down on a chair then reach up with your heels lifted. Go back into a standing position. Repeat.
- Single-leg teaser. Lie on your back then walk your feet closer together with legs at longer angles. Extend your left leg out with your thighs and knees together. Reach your fingers toward your toes little by little as you make your body round. Slowly roll back on your shoulder tips then go back up and reach. Do this four times. Put your foot down then raise the other one. Repeat the steps.
- Thigh stretch. Kneel on the floor with your hips positioned directly over your knees with your feet touching one another. Hinge your upper body backwards to 45 degrees while tightening your glutes, abs, and feet. Make sure that you your body is in a straight line from your head to your knees. Go back to your first position. If you want to make this more difficult, raise your arms up and down while your upper body is in a hinged position.
These Pilates exercises are just a few basic workouts to try. Like it was mentioned before, there are more than a hundred out there that you can try in the comforts of your own home.