Pilates hover exercise

Pilates hover exercise.

This exercise can be the precurser to a plank. It engages the glutes, core, and deep abdominals.  The back has to be straight and the head aligned. It's harder than it looks to keep the back in line and shoulders down and not curve the back upwards when raising and holding the hover position.
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with thanks to @theliftingphysio @bh_beyondhealth

This exercise can be the precurser to a plank. It engages the glutes, core, and deep abdominals. The back has to be straight and the head aligned. It’s harder than it looks to keep the back in line and shoulders down and not curve the back upwards when raising and holding the hover position.
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with thanks to @theliftingphysio @bh_beyondhealth

Good morning Monday

Good morning Monday.

Body positive.

Look in the mirror and love all of what you see.  The best bits and those bits you dont like so much.  No one's perfect. Don't believe everything you see on others' social media. 
Be the best version of yourself you can be.

Body positive.

Look in the mirror and love all of what you see. The best bits and those bits you dont like so much. No one’s perfect. Don’t believe everything you see on others’ social media.
Be the best version of yourself you can be.

Healthy low carb and protein fishy lunch by the sea

Healthy low carb and protein fishy lunch by the sea.

Prawns and smoked salmon on a bed of leaves with cucumber,  olives, tomatoes and avocado.
A light dressing of creme fraiche and herbs. 
Smoked salmon and prawns are both goods ources of Omega 3 fatty acids and unsaturated fat. Unsaturated fats can help improve your blood cholesterol levels when you eat them in place of saturated orctrans fats. Omega 3 can reduce inflammation and reduce risk of heart disease.

Prawns and smoked salmon on a bed of leaves with cucumber, olives, tomatoes and avocado.
A light dressing of creme fraiche and herbs.
Smoked salmon and prawns are both goods ources of Omega 3 fatty acids and unsaturated fat. Unsaturated fats can help improve your blood cholesterol levels when you eat them in place of saturated orctrans fats. Omega 3 can reduce inflammation and reduce risk of heart disease.

Finally a chance to relax in the sun by the pool

Finally a chance to relax in the sun by the pool.

In the Isle of Wight, UK.

It's important to find time for yourself- even 5 minutes- however busy you are with your work, your family, your chores, your day to day life. 
If you don't look after you who else is going to? .

In the Isle of Wight, UK.

It’s important to find time for yourself- even 5 minutes- however busy you are with your work, your family, your chores, your day to day life.
If you don’t look after you who else is going to? .

Basic mat pilates rehab with a band for glutes, core and hamstrings strengthening

Basic mat pilates rehab with a band for glutes, core and hamstrings strengthening.

Lie on your side 
Tie the band into a loop on one end and attach it around your foot.
Pull taut.
Lengthen through the top hip.
Draw your leg in 
Then back and straight
 and bring it back with control.
The better the leg position when straightened in line with the body and slightly back, the more you will feel the effect in your glutes of this exercise.

Lie on your side
Tie the band into a loop on one end and attach it around your foot.
Pull taut.
Lengthen through the top hip.
Draw your leg in
Then back and straight
and bring it back with control.
The better the leg position when straightened in line with the body and slightly back, the more you will feel the effect in your glutes of this exercise.

A simple Pilates bridge to engage the glute posterior muscles

A simple Pilates bridge to engage the glute posterior muscles.

Feet hip width apart, Raise your bottom up into bridge,, lift your leg up, making sure you don't drop your hip.
You will see I dropped slightly more on one side than the other as that's my weaker side at the moment.
Try to place your foot down gently.
You only need to do 2 lifts each time before you come down, relax and reset.

Feet hip width apart, Raise your bottom up into bridge,, lift your leg up, making sure you don’t drop your hip.
You will see I dropped slightly more on one side than the other as that’s my weaker side at the moment.
Try to place your foot down gently.
You only need to do 2 lifts each time before you come down, relax and reset.

Light protein and complex carbs fish supper

Light protein and complex carbs fish supper.

Amarinth microseed leaves, Samphire, organic salmon fillet,  baby new potatoes. 
New potatoes have a lower glycaemic index than baked potatoes. Low GI helps maintain blood sugar levels longer. 
Samphire greens are great for iron.
Salmon is a good oily fish for Omega 3. 
Microseeds and microleaves are hugely nutritious.

Amarinth microseed leaves, Samphire, organic salmon fillet, baby new potatoes.
New potatoes have a lower glycaemic index than baked potatoes. Low GI helps maintain blood sugar levels longer.
Samphire greens are great for iron.
Salmon is a good oily fish for Omega 3.
Microseeds and microleaves are hugely nutritious.

Physio pilates rehab

Physio pilates rehab.

Basic core and glute strengthening exercise.
Alternate leg lifts, transferring weight from leg to leg engaging glutes whilst pulling down on a taut band. This helps engage the core.

With thanks to @bh_beyondhealth

Basic core and glute strengthening exercise.
Alternate leg lifts, transferring weight from leg to leg engaging glutes whilst pulling down on a taut band. This helps engage the core.

With thanks to @bh_beyondhealth

Back to pilates rehab exercises

Back to pilates rehab exercises.

Strengthening the core, glutes and hamstrings.
With thanks to  @bh_beyondhealth 
With even the simplest exercise it's important for the body to be correctly aligned  for the exercise to be targeting the muscles properly.

Strengthening the core, glutes and hamstrings.
With thanks to @bh_beyondhealth
With even the simplest exercise it’s important for the body to be correctly aligned for the exercise to be targeting the muscles properly.