With the possibility of lockdown after lockdown & the quarantine locking us all up in our houses for the past many months, it’s not just our social lives that have taken a hit, but also the much needed workout time we all managed to squeeze in with our daily busy routines.

While we have surplus time on our hands now, we can’t really head to any fitness centres to get our workouts done.

Our bodies need some form of daily movement, be it exercise, yoga, or just simple stretching, for the proper functioning of our muscles. The daily struggles of travelling to & from office, while exhausting, were a great source of micro workouts because it gave our bodies movement. Now our travels are from our beds to our make-shift work stations at home. Constantly sitting glued to our laptops causes our muscles to stiffen & hurt.

Though we all have tried our best to get on the fitness wagon this lockdown, at-home workouts can get boring after many weeks of practicing the same routine. This is where Pilates comes in!

What exactly is Pilates?

A physical fitness system developed in the 20th century by Joseph Pilates, after whom it has been named, Pilates exercises primarily focus on muscle relaxation & strengthening. Low-impact methods to increase flexibility without being hard on the knees, pilates helps improve muscle tone, core strength, muscle balance, flexibility & supports proper postural alignment.

It puts an emphasis on improving co-ordination & balance, breathing, alignment & developing a strong core.

Joseph Pilates initially called this form “Contrology”, as it was based on the idea of muscle control. Pilates routines can be modified to provide either gentle strength training program or even a challenging workout.

The core or the centre of our body is the focal point of all Pilates routines. All movements should begin from the core – encompassing the abdomen, lower and upper back, hips, buttocks & inner thighs – & move outwards to the limbs.

Pilates routines are designed to strengthen deep abdominal & pelvic floor muscles, support the back muscles & create long, strong muscles. They are also good for recovering after any injury. Pilates helps shape the lower body & in maintaining a healthy weight. Following a set routine at least 3 times a week will result in increased strength, flexibility & endurance.

While you may set aside a specific time slot for your workouts, you can also add a pilates ball to your work area. Periodic stretching will help prevent your muscles from stiffening & hurting. You can bounce your way through work (literally)!

So its time to get off the couch & move that body!

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