5K Every Day in May!

 

Our next challenge is a 5K every day in May!  The weather has improved so I want you to go out and hit the pavement! Let’s see if we can walk, jog or run a 5k every day in May.  Five kilometers is equal to 3.11 miles.  The only way your 5k counts is if your feet are hitting the ground.  If weather doesn’t allow you to go outside, then a treadmill is acceptable, but I’d prefer you get outside.  Bicycles, skates, scooters will not count!

There are many benefits to walking/running outside.  The impact from walking/running will improve your bone density.  Being outside has been known to improve your mood.  Walking and running are great forms of cardiovascular exercise so it will improve your heart health, reduce your risk of disease, and helps you burn calories!  Do I need to say any more?

Get out there and keep track of how many days in the month of May that you complete a 5K!

I’ve got my walking buddy!  Get a friend to do it with you!  You’ll be more successful!

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Client Spotlight

IMG_7951This Client Spotlight features Jessica. She is new to Pilates but has jumped in with both feet!  She comes to class a couple times a week and has seen some dramatic results.

Q. How long have you been practicing Pilates?

A. I started doing Pilates about 5 months ago.

Q. What is your favorite exercise?

A. One of my favorites is the hips rolls with the press outs.

Q. What is your favorite piece of equipment?

A. The reformer for sure, but I love when we incorporate smaller pieces like the ring to make our workouts more challenging. I’m also a huge fan the Cardio Blast class where we utilize the trampoline or jump board.

Q. What other forms of exercise do you regularly participate in?

A. I like to run or walk and in the summer I play sand volleyball.

Q. Tell us about your family.

A. I have been married to my husband, Colby, for 5 years. We have a 3 year old daughter, Ruby and two Labrador retrievers, Chuck and Murphy. We love to spend time outdoors whether it be doing yard work, playing with the dogs, going to the lake, or playing sand volleyball with friends.

Q. What is your favorite food?

A. I love pasta, but I eat anything my husband makes.  He’s a great cook!

Q. How do you find time for Pilates?

A. I find time because I truly have made it a priority. I typically work over my lunch hour so that gives me the flexibility to find a class time to attend.

Q. What do you think is the biggest benefit of doing Pilates?

A. I have experienced so may benefits that it’s hard to name just one. When I started Pilates, I was both physically and mentally unhealthy. I was really looking for a way to strengthen my core and just focus on me. In the last 5 months I have reduced my stress and anxiety levels, I have toned my body from head to toe, and an added bonus is I have lost weight! It is the best mind-body workout I’ve ever done.

April Arms & Abs Challenge

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We are hopefully getting closer to warmer weather, so let’s get our bodies ready!  The April Arms and Abs Challenge is underway, but it is not too late to join!  Just start today and follow the calendar all the way through.

The exercises are really very simple.  Here is a brief description of each:

A plank push up is when you start in a plank on your elbows then push up to a plank on your hands one hand at a time.  These can be done on your knees or on your feet. Once you are on both hands, you go back down to your elbows one arm at a time.  On the calendar you will see it say, “2 Plank push-ups R”, which means, do 2 plank push ups leading with your right arm.  So you would start in your plank on your elbows.  Then you would place your right hand on the mat and start to straighten your arm, then you would place your left hand on the mat and straighten both arms.  To come back down, you would start by placing your right elbow down, then place your left elbow down and you are back where you started.  Easy as pie!

Dips are great for strengthening your arms and back and you don’t have to do them the hard way!  Find a bench, chair or step that is a couple feet off the floor.  Place your hands on the bench with your fingers pointing towards your body.  Your feet can be place flat on the floor with your knees bent or they can be further away from your body on your heels to make it more challenging.  Then, keeping your shoulders out of your ears, bend your elbows and press back up.  That’s it!

For the ab curl, I think most of you know how to do that.  Just remember not to pull on your head & neck with your hands.  Let your head rest into your finger tips and leave a space between your chin & chest.

Reverse curls are just that – instead of lifting your head and shoulders up, you will be lifting your buns.  Your feet will be up off the mat.  You can cross at the ankle with legs bent if that feels better to you.  You will exhale and tuck your legs over your body until your tailbone lifts up, then you will roll it back down on the inhale.

For the full body curls, just put the ab curl and the reverse curl together and do them at the same time!

I hope you will give this challenge a try.  It will be a great way to get your body ready for those warmer temps that we all wish would come sooner rather than later!