As a Physical Therapist and Pilates instructor, I am CONSTANTLY asked for that one “quick fix” exercise.
I hate to tell you, but just one doesn’t exist. BUT these five Pilates exercises that I do every day keep me going.
This is my favorite way to start my day and loosen up my spine after a “long” night of sleeping. Starting on my back with feet placed on the floor, I start with a couple pelvic tilts to get my lower abs firing. Then I go into 15-20 bridges, really focusing on the segmental mobility of my spine, and using my core to help.
- “Dead Bugs”
Lying on my back, I stabilize my core in a neutral spine and pelvis. I then bring my legs into tabletop and extend alternating legs away from my body. The focus is on the deep lower abdominals. After about 20 on each leg with my head lowered, I do another 20 with my head, neck, and shoulders rolled up.
- “Clam Shells”