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Strengthen your back

  • Posted on: 26 August 2015
  • By: Alison Thompson

Strengthening your back, together with a strong core, which includes the pelvic floor muscles,will help you enormously in reducing back pain.

Try these exercises:  The Plank, combine the Cat/Cow stretch, Swimming (either on all fours or lying on the stomach), Swan (Cobra stretch) and Rear Deltoid Squeeze (known as the Dart).  Main focus is on engaging the abdominal muscles, lengthening the spine and using the breath correctly!

How active are you?

  • Posted on: 5 May 2015
  • By: Alison Thompson

The REPs Journal (2014) quotes the World Health Organisation as saying that more than 60% of the global population is not sufficiently active.  Inactivity is the world's 4th biggest killer.  

Being more active reduces the risk of heart disease, including strokes.  Much better then to get out an walk at least!  I try to get to at least 10,000 steps per day - that's a Government target.  Sometimes I don't reach it, but at least it is an aim!  Sometimes I exceed it, particularly if I go Nordic Walking.  And don't stay sitting too long!

Pilates Newsletter January 2015

  • Posted on: 15 January 2015
  • By: admin

Welcome to you all at the start of the New Year 2015!

For some of you, the holiday season may have been a time when you were able to find time to exercise. For others, it may have been too hectic! So don't worry if you have not been able to do anything!

Use the first couple of weeks to ease yourself back into exercise. If you are really stiff, try taking regular walks or go swimming just to try to ease off stiffness and muscle tightness.

The main thing to remember when starting back is that you will not be at the same level as you were at the start of the holiday.