Pilates might just be the wellbeing activity you need! read more
As we understand the importance of wellbeing and looking after yourself itâ€™s important to allow yourself more â€˜me timeâ€™. We all have that one thing that helps us chill out and get back to feeling like ourselves so itâ€™s vital that you allow yourself that time to get back to you. The lovely Caro from The Twinkle Diaries shows us how Pilates allows her that important time for looking after herself…
A few years ago, I read an article that saidÂ most modern mothers get justÂ seventeen minutes of â€˜me timeâ€™ to themselves
Not really long enough to do very much at all is it? But the top five favourite ways to spend those precious minutes were:
- Read a book
- Cup of tea
- Watch soaps
- Have a doze
- Browse social media
One of my very favourite ways to take care of myself is to practice Pilates.
And as well as being good for my body, itâ€™s good for my mind. Good to switch off and concentrate on nothing but stretching and breathing for an hour.
Plus it gives me a sense of self.
In that hour I am nobodyâ€™sÂ wife or mother. I have no label or a title.
I am just me.
Itâ€™s a brilliant way of strengthening the body; increasing core strength, bone density and improving posture.
Itâ€™s also a great form of exercise for both woman and men, young and old â€” in our class we have ages ranging from teens to octogenarians.
The other thing I love about it is the fact that you can practice at home, with very little equipment.
To begin with I used to use a rolled up towel under my head but you can invest in some very simple tools to make practising Pilates even more effective.
Hereâ€™s a little round up of my favourite essentials.
A bag to carry it in!
Sounds obvious but mats are quite long and cumbersome, so to have a bag thatâ€™s specially designed to carry them is essential. I love this Iona Gym Bag with Yoga Mat Holder as it carries everything I need when I go to my Pilates class or to the gym.
Foam rollers and blocks
Full length rollers are used to lie on, to perform various Pilates movements which increase balance and core strength. Whilst mini foam exercise rollers are brilliant for aiding stretches and massaging myofacsial tissue.
Such a simple â€” and inexpensive â€” bit of kit but a Pilates Resistance ring is a great way to add intensity to floor exercises. Theyâ€™re perfect for toning up problem areas like the inner and outer thighs, upper arms and pelvic muscles.
On the days when I donâ€™t go to class, I love to practice my Pilates moves at home, using the equipment that Iâ€™ve amassed over the years and contrary to the article I read, I probably spend a little longer than 17 minutes doing my stretches each day.
But our health and wellbeing should be a priority, when weâ€™re spinning so many plates.
Thanks Caro, weâ€™ll definitely be getting our Pilates practice in now! Do you allow yourself some â€˜me timeâ€™ each day? Let us know below or on Twitter @LauraAshleyUK