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How to stay healthy when travelling!

I’ve not long returned from a great holiday trip to Singapore, where the lifestyle was easy and the culture was generally active. But this isn’t usually the case for the typical holiday and I wanted to share some tips on how to stay healthy and active even whilst you are on vacation! Having been home for a few weeks it’s easy to slip back to sedentary ways but these tips can work in the office, on the go, or at home.

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Working on your full press up

Press upsWearing: Chaturanga Yoga Vest and To The Beat 3/4 Dance Leggings.

How To: Build your upper body strength in to a full press up!

This is something I have been working on for the best part of this year. It’s going in the right direction, slowly. But then good things often take longer to achieve and upper body strength is commonly everyones pet peeve in classes.  Oh the sighs in Pilates class every.single.time we announce there is press ups! Here I want to give you some simple steps to building up to the full press up.  Continue reading


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How to do side twist

Side twistWearing: Onzie leggings and Chaturanga Yoga Vest (similar).

How to do side twist- For Upper body and core strength

Side twist is a great challenge to add to your workout! This rotational exercise combines upper body strength, pelvic stability, balance, core strength, and side flexion of the spine!

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How to get toned triceps and a good core together!

Toned triceps and a good core- two areas we all could do with a bit more strength in, right? Yet we often avoid working on these in combination. Try this sequence to get working on both and build strength throughout your upper body and core.

Leg pull supine

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How To Improve Your Posture with Pilates

Posture exercises

 

This is always a touchy subject for people! Although we all try for good posture, the body can often take over and revert to those comfy, slouchy, easy positions, you know what I mean! But saying “I just have bad posture” is not the answer! It can always be improved and has a bigger effect on your life and hobbies than you may think.

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How to avoid wrist pain in Pilates

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This is a common problem in many of the arm balance exercises and sometimes just a few adjustments can take the load off and make it feel so much better! The wrists give us bother because they are a very complex joint, made up of many small muscles, ligaments and bones. They are not designed to withstand the weight of your entire body (unlike the ankles and feet), so if the weight is in the wrong place these tiny muscles fatigue very quickly and become strained. Because the ligaments between all of the wrist bones are so small they are easily strained and can take time to heal.

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How to avoid muscle cramps

crampWith all the New Year health kicks starting off this month we will find many people taking up new sports, gym memberships and activities; or those who are already in a training plan may be pushing harder than normal. The most common, inconvenient, and often debilitating aspect of these new regimes is muscle cramps. Muscle cramps can occur any time, any place, at any part of your training.

Muscle cramps can occur for a wide range of reasons:

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