Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Healthy Backs

With Spring Cleaning comes sore muscles! Perhaps you find that you overdid it as a weekend warrior OR are avoiding starting a task so you do not hurt yourself. Pilates can help.

Pilates helps you bring your body back into alignment. Breath and core stabilization are 2 of the KEY principles.

One exercise you can try to work on core stability is the kneeling one arm and one leg lift. This exercise strengthens your core PLUS activates your brain as you work on differentiating movement on the right and left sides of your body simultaneously.

Start with your arms stacked under your shoulders and knees under your hips. Distribute weight evenly over all 4 limbs. Draw your navel toward your spine, the crown of your head forward and your tailbone backward. You should be looking DOWN at the floor to keep your neck and extension of your spine.With an inhale lift your right arm and left leg. Stay for a breath. On an exhale lower the limbs with control ... FIGHT GRAVITY. On an inhale repeat on the other side.

Photo courtesy of About.com

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