Is it easy to workout when you have small children? No, not really. They want you, they think it’s a game and it’s highly likely that they will climb on top of you the second you get down on the floor. This is challenging as a lot of pilates is done just there. On the floor. t’s good and bad all at once. Good because you can get a full body workout without the need for fancy equipment or even a mat, bad because the floor is the domain of the child. They see you lying down and their imagination sets off. You are a mountain or a tunnel.
It doesn’t mean that you can’t fit it in though. Like I say to all of my clients, five minutes is better than no minutes. If you squeeze in five minutes here and there and make them really count, you can start to see real change fairly quickly. Case in point. This little series takes just five minutes. You can repeat it as many times as you want throughout the day. It will work your shoulders, abs, arms, glutes and legs.
A few key points to remember when you’re getting into position
Keep wrists almost under shoulders and knees under hips
Life arm so it’s in line with your ear
Life you leg but keep your hip parallel to the floor
Engage your abs so that you don’t over extend your low back
Reach your hand and feet away - the more you reach, the more the little muscles turn on
Press the floor away and feel like the rib cage is floating up to the sky
If you complete the repetitions as stated, each round should go for five minutes (I say should because if your kids are present, it may take a little longer). Repeat twice and you have a ten minute all over workout. Let me know how you go. If you’re feeling social, tag me @unwindpilatesstudio so I can cheer you on from under my two kids