FitPro Obsession: Mason Jars

  

Maintaining my lean figure is a result of working out and eating healthy foods. See my latest post on the Splits59 blog about my Mason Jar obsession and a few of my favorite recipes that help to keep me in shape!

http://www.splits59.com/blog/

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Fit Tip: Stretch Back on Stability Ball

  

(Photo by Audrey Lackey)

Incorporating stretching into your daily workout routine is essential as it can increase flexibility, range of motion, and can prevent and relieve pain. The stability ball is a great tool and one of my favorite props to use for both strengthening and stretching. Try stretching your back on the ball following these simple steps:

1 — Start by sitting on the ball and walk your feet forward, keeping the knees bent until the ball is under your back with your shoulders and head supported.

2 — Lying back on the ball, keep arms by your sides and knees bent about hip width part or extend arms back and straighten the legs for a deeper stretch (as pictured above).

3 — Hold the stretch for 20-30sec and repeat 2x.

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Pilates is…

  

Quite often people ask me, “What is Pilates?” “Is it stretching?” “Is it like yoga?” The best description that I can provide is that Pilates is a method that works to build core and overall strength, flexibility, balance, and a longer, leaner physique. Classical Pilates exercises can be performed on a mat with or without props in addition to on various pieces of equipment developed by Joseph Pilates. 

Ever wonder exactly what a Pilates workout on the equipment entails? Find out in this collage video of exercises performed on the reformer, Cadillac, and wunda chair!

https://vimeo.com/125422622

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On-the-Go Healthy Snack: Pre Workout Green Smoothie

  

My delicious pre workout green smoothie is filled with carbohydrates, potassium, and fiber that gives my body energy and keeps me feeling full but light. Enjoy!

– 1 handful of spinach

– 1/2 banana

– 1/2 apple

– 1/4 cup of oats

– 1 tsp coconut oil

– 1 tsp cinnamon

– 1 tsp chia seeds

– 2 cubes of ice

– 1 cup almond milk

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Monday Moves: Front Splits

  

(Photo by Audrey Lackey)

Front Splits performed on the Pilates reformer is an exercise that stretches the hip flexors, hamstrings, and challenges balance.

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Fit Tip: Stand Up Straight!

 

(Photo by Fitness Magazine) 

Stand up straight! Practicing good posture keeps your bones and joints in proper alignment and can prevent back and other muscular pain.

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Monday Moves: Balance Control Front

 

(Photo by Audrey Lackey) 

Balance Control Front, performed on the Pilates reformer, is an exercise that strengthens the shoulders, core, and challenges the balance!

I’m wearing the Nova Capri by Splits59.

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