Pilates! practice it every day

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Pilates undoes the muscular damage of modern lifestyles.  Sitting at desks all day,  your neck craned over your phone, then sitting on the sofa all evening to unwind assists your mind but not your body.  Your lifestyle creates repetitive and unrelenting strain upon your body. This constant awkward tension makes some muscles switch off completely and others become over tight. Pilates is an approach that has a two-fold effect that helps your mind to unwind and your body too.  Pilates fixes postural issues created by your day and lifestyle.  Whilst a gym workout or run will help with your cardio strength a more restorative approach will help to balance your mind and body. This blog will outline why Pilates should be part of your current fitness programme but also why it should be practised every day.

Pilates is what your body is screaming out for, it is the discipline that unwinds your body from modern life.   Pilates is not an ‘instead of’ but an ‘as well as’. In other words, it doesn’t ‘replace your current fitness programmes but is a valuable and necessary addition.  Practising Pilates you can achieve better balance, gain a leaner body and feel more poised and less stressed.  Pilates isn’t simply a series of physical exercises but a concept based routine that will gently challenge your old assumptions about your body and ageing.

You will have imbalances in your body, most of us do.  Certain muscles become stronger whilst others are underused and weather and this can affect your posture.

Every joint has at least two opposing muscles – your bicep and triceps work as pairs.  Your hamstrings and quads are another synergistic pair.  If they are equally strong then your joints will rest in a neutral position, however, if one is stronger than the other the joint will move and changes your posture, even whilst you are resting.

 

Daily postural habits

Daily habits like sitting, carrying handbags on one shoulder or always carrying a child on the same hip all impact your posture.  Pilates works on the overused muscles that create imbalances in your body.  Working on muscles that have deviated from your ideal neutral posture and brings your body back to perfect alignment.

If you spend a lot of time sitting, your gluts can switch off and your hip flexors become tight, therefore yo upsend time performing, soothing exercises where your hips are extended rather than flexed.  Sitting over a desk for prolonged periods of time in a sedentary job means that shoulders become hunched over and over time become rounded.

Creating the time and space in your day to be mindful of your posture and bring back the dulcite, calm tones of your Pilates teacher gently screaming at you to pull your shoulders back and release your lower back tension will help to bring you back to the moment 😉  Create a Pilates postural habit.

Restorative exercise

Cardio work is essential for your heart strength and lung capacity, cardiovascular strengthening is one of the pillars of a good exercise programme.  The rise in HIIT workouts, Crazy CrossFit, weight training and a big increase in female participation is great news. However, the fast, loud and competitive environment awareness of technique and posture is not at the forefront of your mind. Injuries happen.

Deadlifts with increasingly heavier weights, burpees that use every major muscle group test your balance, coordination and put an enormous strain on your lower back.  Runners often have issues with knees, hips and ankles because of the repetitive nature of the activity.  Running on a treadmill is often the worse kind of repetitive strain, outside running on rough terrain has a more varied effect on your body. Sitting shortens your hamstrings whilst running uses them even more which means that if you are not stretching your hamstrings regularly it will affect your entire postural chain right up from the back of your foot and your Achilles up all the way to your lower back and pulls your pelvis

Making sure that your lower back is strong to perform these powerful moves is where Pilates comes in.  Add it into your fitness programme to ensure you enjoy the health benefits of exercise without the risk of injury

 

Pilates is empowering

Giving you the confidence to try something new whether that is paddle boarding on holiday or feeling confident that you have a powerful base.  Pilates brings balance to your body and ensures all your muscles are strong.

Pilates is strengthening muscles and improving flexibility and creates healthy functioning bodies.

Pilates is inclusive

Pilates attracts everyone, from all walks of life.  The very young with a background in dance who have overarched spines from dance and ballet, runners with tight hamstrings, footballers, yoga babes, athletes of all descriptions.

I love it when a young ‘un comes to class and a granny with 5 years experience out planks them!

Pilates is a functional exercise which simply puts makes you stronger to function every day.  Functional training uses exercises that allow you to perform the activities of daily life more easily and without injuries, weight-bearing activities targeted at the core muscles of your abdomen and lower back.

Thinking way of moving

In this fast approaching new decade, there has been more interest than ever in exercise techniques that also acknowledge the power of your mind whilst exercising. Pilates like Feldenkrais, the Alexander technique, Tai Chi and yoga all come under this mind-body umbrella. These techniques offer alternative philosophies to conventional thinking about health and fitness.

It is an intelligent way of moving, an intelligent form of exercise because when your body is in a neutral position with good mobility and strength, you pick up fewer injuries. That is why so many athletes use it.  It is a way to be able to do everything you enjoy without injury

Pilates retreats

Pilates brings peace and calm to your day, explore mindfulness, breathing techniques, setting intentions, sharing gratitude, mindful movement, mindful creativity, loving kindness and compassion, acknowledging thoughts without judgment and shifting from thinking to sensing.

These retreats are perfect for anyone curious, open-minded or in search of healing. If you would like to spend a cosy evening in a positive environment with uplifting activities and like minded people

Devon Day retreat 1st February 2020: http://bit.ly/2S3ZJPB

Greek Island retreat 4th Oct-11th Oct 2020: find out more http://bit.ly/323emo2

 

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Find out what other gorgeous clients have to say…

I retired from the NHS in March 2018 after almost 40 years service, first as a nurse but for 35 years as a medical secretary, nursing had to go due to a back injury.   I felt very fat and uncomfortable! By following the Adele links I thought I would take the opportunity to book a call to have a chat with Adele.  Little did I know how this would change my life.  Sounds dramatic, but it absolutely has.

I don’t think I had thought about how committed I would need or want to be, I just thought Adele would help me to lose weight and get fitter, but at the end of that first call when I cried, sobbed and was an absolute mess, I realised I was on a path to a better way of life which I knew Adele would help me get through.

I was in the process of selling the family home which was taking a horrible amount of time and which was traumatic as the decision to move had been a hard one in the first place.  It was where we had lived for 20 years and where my darling husband Stuart had died in my arms after a short cruel illness but one he had fought so hard against.  On that first call, Adele helped me realise I was still grieving even if I believed I was fine although I knew the mask was still evident a lot of the time, safety net rules.

I signed up to the Get Gorgeous programme and got going with wholehearted commitment.  Within a short space of time, I was completely hooked on what the process was about and the possible end results.  Even though I was committed it was the support and encouragement of Adele that kept me going.  I was doing the workouts set out in the modules I was following.  I found doing the workouts on a daily basis easy to follow and enjoyable.  I was doing these on the suggested three times a week but as I progressed through the modules I was able to mix and match them through the week and so I was doing something every day, as well as walking and golfing.  Great strides.  I was also losing weight and feeling so much better for it.

The weight loss was becoming noticeable and I was receiving compliments from family and friends, which was a great morale booster for me.  I was starting to believe in me! Alongside me all the way was Adele whose encouragement, positivity and commitment to me (she made me feel as if I was the only person she was doing this for and so made me feel very special) was endless and worth so very much and to whom I will be forever grateful.  With the zoom meeting calls, Adele was able to see the changes in me and obviously my weekly submitted adherence sheets.  It was obvious it was working for me and I felt so incredibly positive and excited by what I was achieving.

Before I started the programme I was very sad, even though I believe I covered it well, I missed Stuart so very much and although I was busy in my life he was missing.   Since becoming a part of this journey I believe I am a bit more outgoing, although probably still feel more comfortable with those I know well and happy to be a part of the background.  I don’t think that is a negative thing but will change as I continue to grow in confidence.   I cannot tell you how much seeing and talking to Adele has done for me in self-belief and confidence.

Adele is one of the most positive, encouraging, committed people I have met.  She is so obviously knowledgeable about her subject and is keen to share this and help anyone achieve whatever they want,  can’t wait for the book.

She is so exuberant and delightful that I just want to do my best for her and myself.   For me the benefits are endless and although I have completed the modules the journey continues and becomes a positive way of life.  I feel that I am more forward-looking than I was before and that is a massive plus and I feel very proud of myself.

Along the journey of Get Gorgeous I have lost a stone and a half in weight and lost lots of inches and have become much fitter and so I think I have achieved what I set out to achieve.  Overall I feel so much lighter in mood and positive in my outlook which is a massive achievement and which is ongoing.    Adele Stickland is a most extraordinary woman who I adore and feel I can call a friend.  Thank You Adele.

Gill Fenwick Retired nurse Get Gorgeous 28th October 2018

 

 

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