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5 Minute Pilates: The fitness answer for busy days

by | Jul 10, 2012 | 5 min workout, Pilates

“Although we’d love to see you at the local yoga studio every other day, we know there are times in your life when you just can’t.”
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Just because you are busy, it doesn’t mean you don’t want to feel and look your best.

And sometimes it is just feels downright impossible to find those few spare moments just to close your eyes and relax, let alone get the blood pumping.

Although we’d love to see you at the local yoga studio every other day, we know there are times in your life when you just can’t. So, we turned to pilates for a quick muscle toning routine you can do in about five minutes.

Whether you do it in the morning, the evening, or you simply head to the conference room for a moment of peace, here is your 5 minute pilates regime.

Wall Slide

Walk one pace away from an uncluttered wall. Lean until your back finds the wall, then bend your knees until they are at a 90 degree angle while your back slides down the wall. Hold this position for 30 seconds. Repeat this exercise at least twice. Aim for a longer interval if you have more time, and as your muscles strengthen over time.

Criss-Cross

Lie on your back with your hands behind your head. Bring your knees into your chest. Squeeze your abs, then lift your shoulders and head off the floor. Bring your right elbow towards your left knee while straightening your right leg. Hold for a few seconds, and then switch sides. Repeat at least twice. The longer you hold the stronger your body will be.

Push-Ups

Turn over onto your hands as if you were about to do a push up. Keeping your arms tight to your body, lower yourself towards the floor. Keep your abs firm and your neck long. Hold for at least 3 counts (more if you can do it), then straighten to the starting position and repeat at least twice.

There doesn’t that feel better?

Take Action!

Try these exercises right now – go on, no-ones looking!

Try these other 5 minute training sessions:

5 minute yoga whilst doing the laundry

Breathe for 5 minutes and relax completely

5 minute Pilates in the car

And if even 5 minutes is too much – try this:

3 minute workout : all over strength

If you are interested in more quick fitness tips, keep an eye on our twitter feed. You can find us @rethinkretreats.

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