When you’re traveling this summer, don’t take a vacation from your workout too. You may not have the time, space or energy for a full Pilates practice when you're traveling but commit to a quick workout even when you're away. Here’s a 10-minute routine that works your whole body!
To warm up your body, lie on your back with your legs in tabletop position, maintaining a 90-degree angle at the hip and knee. Lift your head and shoulders. Reach your arms towards your feet. Pump your arms above the abdominal wall. Inhale for five counts and exhale for five counts. Repeat for nine more cycles until you have reached 10 inhales and 10 exhales. For a challenge, extend your legs out to a 45-degree angle.
From the Hundred, lie on your back with your legs on the mat and toes pointed towards the ceiling. Float your arms above your head. As you inhale, peel your head, shoulders and upper body off the mat bone by bone. Exhale over your body. Inhale and exhale roll down with control to the starting position. Complete 5-7 repetitions. Remember to use full inhalations and exhalations as you move through this pose.
SINGLE LEG STRETCH
Lie down on your mat with your arms at your sides. Bring your knees to your chest. Lift your head, neck and shoulders. Place your hands on your right knee and extend your left leg out to a 45-degree angle and switch sides. Complete for 10 repetitions on both sides.
DOUBLE LEG STRETCH
From the previous pose, curl both legs in and lightly place your hands on your knees. Inhale and extend arms and legs in opposite directions. Exhale and return to the starting position. Complete for 5-7 repetitions.
Keep your head and shoulders lifted. Extend both legs to the ceiling and reach up as far as you can on your right leg. Pull it in for two short pulses and then switch legs. Be sure to climb up your leg and not pull it towards you as you complete 5-7 repetitions.
Keep your head lifted, bring your knees to your chest. Extend your left leg out to 45-degree angle and twist towards the bent right knee. Switch sides. Aim for 5-7 repetitions on both sides and be sure to keep your shoulder blades off the mat.
From Criss Cross, keep your head up and place your hands at the base of your neck. Extend both legs up to the ceiling. Slowly lower legs to a 45-degree angle. Then, return legs to a 90-degree angle. Aim for 5-7 repetitions.
This exercise is great for your shoulders, chest, triceps, hamstrings and core! From a standing position with your feet hip distance apart, fold forward from the hips into a full forward bend and place your hands on the floor. Bend your knees, if necessary, to place your hands on the floor. Walk your hands out to a plank position. Check to make sure that your hands are directly under your shoulders so that they are close to your body. Keep your neck in line with your spine. Glide your shoulder blades down your back. Pull in your powerhouse. Inhale and lower for a Pilates pushup. Repeat for two more times. Exhale fully to return to the plank position. Complete 2 more pushups. Walk your hands back to an inverted Pilates V (aka downward facing dog). Take a deep stretch and continue walking your hands towards your feet and slowly roll up to a standing position. That’s one rep. Attempt to complete 3 repetitions to end this Pilates routine. Finish by rolling your shoulders back three times and standing tall.