FLEXIBILITY

You may think that flexibility is only important for gymnasts and dancers. However, we all need to maintain a level of flexibility throughout our life.

As a part of the aging process, flexibility decreases. Some of the reasons include increased stiffness in our joints, decreased water in our tissues & spine and loss of elasticity throughout the muscle tendons & tissue. This can negatively impact everything from posture and balance to the ease at which we perform the daily tasks of life.

The good news is you can slow and even reverse poor flexibility. One of the best ways is to stretch on a regular basis. There are 3 types of stretching: static, isometric and dynamic.

Static: this type of stretching is probably the one most of us are familiar with and have done at some time in our lives. It consists of holding a position (stretch) for a period of time say 20-30 seconds. Static stretching is best done after a workout or sufficient warm-up. It’s not recommended as a warm-up prior to a workout.

Isometric: Similar to static stretching, you hold a position and gently contract your stretched muscle during a stretch. Hold your pose while alternating 15 to 20 seconds of contracting and relaxing your muscle. This type of stretching improves strength along with flexibility.

Dynamic: As the name implies, dynamic stretching involves moving through a specific range of motion. Examples include neck rolls, knee raises & leg circles. This type of stretching can be done before during and after a workout.

A great way to incorporate flexibility training into your schedule is to start or maintain a consistent Pilates practice. The diversity of Pilates equipment allows for greater support and overall comfort. And a well-rounded Pilates workout integrates a variety of stretches helping you to not only increase your flexibility but also improve posture, balance, and overall ease of daily living.

Let us know your flexibility questions or contact us directly, so we can create a customized program just for you. 972.575.7337 https://reformandride.com/contact/

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The “100”

THE “100”

The “100” is considered a staple in the Pilates repertoire and foundational exercise in the Mat sequence. The purpose is a dynamic warm-up of the body, increased circulation & strengthening of the deep abdominal muscles.

Try this exercise 3-5x a week and you’ll both see & feel the difference in no time!


Set-Up: All you need is a small area on the floor on the carpet or a mat
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BEGINNER:
***relax your head & neck on the floor
***float your knees in tabletop position
***float your arms off the floor & reach long
***begin by pumping the arms vigorously 6-8 inches while you inhale for a count of 5 breaths & exhale for a count of 5 breathes for a total of 100 breaths
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INTERMEDIATE:
***repeat the set & steps for beginner and use your abs to curl your chin to your chest (as if holding an apple under your chin), gazing at your navel
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ADVANCED:
***repeat the set & steps for intermediate and extend your legs to a 45-degree angle
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If you have any questions, please reach out to us at 972.576.7337 or https://reformandride.com/contact/

New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of the year when many of us make New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, after only a few weeks our resolve wanes, the kids’ needs take priority or life gets in the way.

The good news is that you can make and keep your New Year’s resolutions. You just have to be S.M.A.R.T. about it.

S.M.A.R.T., an acronym for (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Sensitive), is a well-established tool that you can use to reach your resolutions/goals.

Here’s how it works. Let’s say your resolution is to work out more.

Specific: Do Pilates work out at Reform & Ride

Measurable: Do Pilates work out 3x a week on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays.

Achievable: Do Pilates work out 3x a week on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays at 10am after I drop the kids off at school.

Relevant: Do Pilates work out 3x a week on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays at 10am after I drop the kids off at school to improve my mental clarity, flexibility & destress.

Time Sensitive: Do Pilates work out 3x a week on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays at 10am after I drop the kids off at school to improve my mental clarity, flexibility & destress beginning January 10th, 2022.

Be mindful of setting resolutions/goals that are within your control. If your goal is to get that job you applied for at ABC company, someone else is in control of the hiring. What you can control is getting additional training, for example, to be considered for “that job”.

Remember when setting resolutions/goals, just be S.M.A.R.T. about it.