Friday, July 6, 2012

Fitness Friday: La-di-da-di, we like Pilates!

It's finally Fridayyyyyyyy!  Tuesday felt like a false Friday, and Wednesday was a false Sunday so I'm just glad that today is an actual Friday and I have 2 whole days off instead of just one.






Now, I don't know about you guys, but when it comes to working out and exercising, it's all about convenience.  If I have to go out of my way to set aside time and money to go to a gym or something to work out, I'm probably not going to do it most of the time - which is probably why I do not subscribe to a gym.

I work full time, Monday through Friday, from 8am to 5pm, usually without taking a lunch.  I also have 3 kids who need help with homework and need dinner to be made.  And lastly, I'm a full-time online student studying towards my Bachelor's degree.

All these things take up most of my time throughout the week so I really do enjoy my days off.  I would much rather take my kids to the park or to a beach to swim than to go to a class on a Saturday.  Its just not convenient for me to wake up early on a Saturday (or any day off for that matter), leave my kids, and drive to a studio for a class.  You have to agree that spending a day at the beach is much better than working out, right?  Right.  So let's do both.



I mentioned this printout in one of my previous posts and I've been doing these exercises sporadically since April.  They're easy to do when you're lounging around and working on your tan at the beach, pool, lake, park...you get the idea.

The beauty of Pilates is that it's not about how many reps you can do but how focused and precise you are with each exercise.  Quality over quantity.  The key to getting the most out of these exercises is to keep your mind concentrated, your body controlled, and your core centered - you know, focus on those lovely abs that you'll eventually have.  Just keep thinking to yourself:  "Concentrate, control, core...concentrate, control, core..."

Understand that Pilates is not a fat blasting, muscle bulking type of system but it will help tone your muscles, improve your flexibility, and increase your stamina (so have your guy to get in on it too).  I've done Pilates before and I noticed that I could run farther than I did before starting Pilates and I had much more energy throughout the day.

I encourage you to print this for yourself and carry it around with you (I keep mine in my purse) so you can use it when it's convenient for you!  And if you're at the beach, you'll be able to jump into the water and cool off once you're done!  Win/win, right!?


This week I did the vagina arm exercises I posted about last week, walked a mile, did some Pilates at the beach, and did some barre exercises while washing dishes.

The hardest part was the pushups and plank rows - OMG!

My greatest accomplishment this week was that my arms didn't fall off of my body and I've been drinking more water.

Okay, I felt guilty because I ate pasta four days in a row this week - holy crap.

Next week I'm gonna try to eat healthier and do some cardio!








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♥ Duckie.

12 comments:

  1. I`ve also done Pilates and it was great and now I don`t do any exercises,but the portable pilates workout looks very interesting and I`ll try this out.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! The portable Pilates is so great because you don't have to go all out to do it. Its the best workout to do while you're out at the beach having fun, you could even get your friends to do it with you too!

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  2. Hi Duckie, sounds very useful.
    will def print.

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    hope to hear from you soon
    x

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    1. Thanks, glad you're gonna try it out!

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  3. These are so helpful and I totally agree. Working out is definitely all about convenience! Love your blog :) You're absolutely gorgeous and I love your style. Now following. Please check out my page - withlovex0-ploy.blogspot.com

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  4. I love the idea of portable pilates! It sounds like a lot of fun!!
    :)
    Allison

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  5. Hi! This sounds really cool, and very useful especially now when it's summer time! I will definately try it out! Thanks, I've been looking for something like this for a while now :)
    Can I just ask if you've seen results, since you've been doing this since April? Either just feeling better or looking better or something?
    Thanks again :)

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    1. I have noticed results from doing these exercises since April. My body is a little more defined and toned than it was before. I think the more active you are at it, the more results you will see. Pilates isn't meant to help you lose weight, but it strengthens and tones your body. Best advice I can give you is just try it. It doesn't hurt to try.

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