What comes to mind when you think of the word Fear? How often do you find yourself in hesitation of doing something because fear slips in? What if we flipped fear on its head and thought of fear as a friend and ally? A supporter of your life and your dreams?
In a recent interview, writer Elizabeth Gilbert discusses fear and how it’s always going to be there. It’s not going anywhere. So rather than trying to beat it, push through it and conquer it, why don’t we embrace it?
She goes on to explain that fear’s actual goal is to protect us. But the issue is that fear doesn’t know the difference between a little nervousness vs. real danger. For example, being afraid to sing karaoke in front of a crowd vs. being chased by lions.
In case you missed it, click here to check out my last post about keeping your upper body strong in your plank.
Now on to keeping the front supporting you-
#1 Lift your abdominals:
Often the low back is over-working because the abdominals aren't working as hard as they could. Lift your abdominals away from the ground and toward your spine!
Throughout High School, College and then post-college in New York City, I danced all the time. Hours and hours a day. Technique classes during the day, rehearsals and night, I put my body through the ringer. The dancing in and of itself was a huge emotional outlet for me, which made me come back to it every single day.
Fast forward to present day, my post-dancing body needs a different routine. I need a workout that not only feels good and smart, but a sutainable workout with SOUL.
Transitioning out of dance classes and into other forms of exercise hasn’t been the easiest for me, but I know that when I move my body and move it regularly, I’m SO much happier. My spirit is brighter, I have more energy, and things feel right in my world.
Whether Pilates is your preferred movement practice, or you like to hike, bike or run, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut and fall of track. We get busy, we have an event, a big project coming up. “I don’t have time.” It can be easy to find excuses to get out of the healthy habits that are so great for us.
Two of the most overlooked motions of the hips(in my opinion) that are super important for hip health are abduction and adduction of the thighs. How often are we "side-shuffling" around the house or swinging our legs from side to side? The motions of tennis players, soccer players, and ballet dancers come to mind when I think of those actions. But what about the majority of us who are sitting at a computer for long periods? Or runners and bicyclists who move their legs primarily in a forward and bacward direction?
One of the many beautiful gifts of Pilates is that you get your hips moving in ALL directions. Even ones you may never knew existed.
Before I got my Pilates Certification, I had aching hips and knees.
I assumed that it would be something that I’d just have to live with for the rest of my life. I was only in my mid 20's at the time. It felt like a harsh reality.
Only a few months into getting my Pilates certification, the pain literally just went away!
I had no idea that was possible. I assumed the pain was genetic or from dance, or both.
Learning how to move my joints with proper alignment through Pilates allowed my muscles to function with balance. It also allowed my joints to relax and move with ease.
This multi-tasking functional exercise will help you to do just that. You’ll find strength in the shoulders and hips, as well as knee alignment (or tracking) and balance.