Increase the benefits to your Pilates workouts with these ‘add ons’.
Here are my top 5 ‘add-ons’ to keep your body strong, youthful, balanced and in top shape!
1. Roll It Out
Using a foam roller to massage out any tension is a must when you’re building strong muscles. You’ve probably noticed that after some workouts you’ve felt tight and sore. This is when a little roller massage will release tension, and soothe tight muscles.
2. Walk Up A Hill
Walking is part of my daily life, and now that we have Meg the dog, we never miss a day! – But I do try to include one hill in each walk. It’s a good way to get the heart pumping.
3. Chill Out On The Roller
It might sound like a lazy ritual, but laying longways on the roller with your arms open to the side will be so much better for you than slumping on the couch. I always feel soft and relaxed after this.
4. Kick Start Breaky
Studies have shown that women do well to eat a small ‘kick start breaky’ before workouts. It gets our metabolism going and it gives us the energy we need to workout and burn fat.
Check out Laura Pennington’s facebook page ‘The Natural Space’ for ideas on what to eat before workouts.
Adding some breathwork and mindfulness to our lives will reduce stress, lower cortisol levels and will keep our body functioning well. High levels of the hormone cortisol can affect our metabolism and immune system, so it’s worth paying attention to the health of our mind as it’s very connected to our body!
Pick at least one ‘add on’ this week and let me know which one you did in the comments below!