It’s Hogmanay and today I am rounding up all of Freshly Centered’s work for the year of 2015 ahead of this evening’s celebrations!
This week’s post comes just shy of a week after my elbow surgery, where I’m really missing my normal schedule of fitness & training. Since I can’t be participating in my routine I thought I’d share it with you! Do you have a weekly schedule that you stick to or do you make it up as you go?
The festive season is fully upon us now! Life gets busy and we don’t have time to workout or take care of ourselves. Here I have put together your 12 days of Pilates schedule to countdown to Christmas and honour your body by staying strong and fit!
More often than not people complain of their muscles and their body feeling too tight, stiff and sore- including me! Unless you spend a great deal of time stretching (and who really has all this spare time?) then this is unlikely to resolve. Most workouts involve you using your muscles, contracting them, and therefore the muscles will tighten and remain slightly tightened if we do not lengthen them afterwards.
Stretching workouts also make us feel good, they stimulate your parasympathetic system- this is the functions opposite to your adrenaline release, so they create calmness, peacefulness, and relaxation. The element of core exercise here allows you to sweat a little and feel energised from strength building. So try this quick workout to enjoy strength and feel relaxed with stretching- the best of both worlds!
Simple smoothies- for a health kick on the go
I used to be big on smoothies a few years back but somehow lost my way with them, until recently. Being on holiday a couple of months ago they became part of my daily routine, partly to combat the intense heat and partly to accompany my gym routine each morning- it just made sense as I walked past the local juice bar every morning.
I’ve not long returned from a great holiday trip to Singapore, where the lifestyle was easy and the culture was generally active. But this isn’t usually the case for the typical holiday and I wanted to share some tips on how to stay healthy and active even whilst you are on vacation! Having been home for a few weeks it’s easy to slip back to sedentary ways but these tips can work in the office, on the go, or at home.
Every now and again I run themed Pilates classes. Their great to keep you on your toes with fresh ideas, and stop your members getting fed up of the same old routine! This week I ran Pilates with Cardio, which was a shock to a few as cardio never really comes in to a mat based pilates workout.
After a whirlwind of an amazing trip to Singapore I need to try and keep the relaxed, calm vibes that I felt whilst being away! It’s so easy to just “forget” your holidays as soon as you return home and slip right back to the normal routine of daily life. Here I provide 5 poses to relax your body, give a good stretch and maintain strength. They were shot on location in Singapore just after a thunderstorm and the peace and calmness felt was fantastic!
5 poses to stretch and relax
Pilates Vs. Yoga
How often have you heard someone say “pilates is just like yoga” or that “yoga is just the same as pilates”. It drives me MAD to assume that these two disciplines are the same, when they are so different in many ways, BUT both equally beneficial and rewarding.