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No-Equipment Pilates Move You Can Do Anywhere

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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 8 repetitions. Remember to use full inhalations and exhalations as you move through this pose.

Roll Up
Roll Up
Roll Up
Roll Up
Roll Up

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This is Your Next Ab Warmup

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The Hundred is a classical Pilates warmup exercise that's great for strengthening the upper and lower abdominal muscles. Try the Hundred for your next ab warmup to your Pilates practice. 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 breaths and exhale for five breaths. Repeat for nine more cycles until you have reached 100 breaths. For a challenge, extend your legs out to a 45-degree angle.

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Hundred

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#AskFBP: Help! My legs fall asleep when sitting cross legged.

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HELP! MY LEGS FALL ASLEEP WHEN SITTING CROSS LEGGED. 

I would recommend a few yoga poses but begin with a warmup or after your usual workout. You may like to try Half Pigeon (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana), Runner's Lunge/Lizard and Garland Pose (Malasana) for more open hips. Try to hold the poses without fidgeting. Work up to holding it for five breaths (about 60 seconds). Progress takes patience and time.

Key Warmup Your Workout is Missing

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The Hundred is the traditional Pilates warmup exercise that's also great for strengthening the upper and lower abdominal muscles. Try the Hundred and Roll Up for an extended warmup to your Pilates practice.

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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 breaths and exhale for five breaths. Repeat for nine more cycles until you have reached 100 breaths. For a challenge, extend your legs out to a 45-degree angle.

Hundred
Hundred

ROLL UP

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 repetitions. Remember to use full inhalations and exhalations as you move through this pose.

Roll Up
Roll Up
Roll Up
Roll Up
Roll Up

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