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Move of the Day: Teaser

  
|| TEASER || Teaser is my move of the day and one of the most challenging classical Pilates exercises. Most of the movements that are performed early in the matwork are meant to prepare the body for teasers.

Benefits:
• Strengthens the abdominals and hip flexors

• Improves balance and coordination

• Stretches the hamstrings

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1 — Start lying supine with arms along sides of the body. Inhale to prepare, engaging the abdominal muscles by pulling the belly button in.

2 — Exhale to roll up, lifting the upper and lower body simultaneously. Legs should be at about a 45 degree angle and arms reaching upwards, parallel to the legs.

3 — Inhale to hold the balance, and exhale to roll back onto the mat, ideally with the head and feet touching at the same time.

4 — Repeat x4.
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Tips: Be sure to sit up tall in the teaser with the head and chest lifted, but keep a slight curve in the lower back. Keep the abdominals engaged, focus on the breath, and relax the shoulders as you balance. For more of a challenge, start with arms extended behind the head rather than along the sides, and have the legs lower in the balance.

Modifications: If you have tightness in the hip flexors, hamstrings, and lower back, keep the knees bent with the heels together, toes apart, and knees slightly apart in a diamond shape. If you are a beginner and teasers feel too challenging, try practicing the hundred, the roll up, and the lower lift exercise in the matwork series to build core strength.

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Photo by Masha Creative for Nóli Yoga with fellow Pilates instructor Katie Yip

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Fit Tip: Laugh Your A$$ Off!!

  
Photo by Audrey Lackey

|| LAUGH || Laughing stretches the muscles of the face and body and can even burn calories. Although it does not exactly replace a challenging Pilates session, research suggests that laughter can increase blood flow, encourage relaxation, improve sleep and mood, and even reduce physical pain. 

A healthy lifestyle is all about balance. So, in addition to performing squats, planks, and drinking green smoothies, be sure to surround yourself with friends and family that keep you laughing and give you a boost!

Workout Wednesday: Stretch Back on Stability Ball

  

Check out my post on the Splits59 blog for the Workout Wednesday feature! I love using the stability ball for strengthening and stretching.

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On-the-Go Healthy Snack: Matcha-Avo Green Breakfast Smoothie

  

My breakfast is often an on-the-go meal as I sometimes teach clients at 8am. My current obsession is this creamy and delicious Matcha-Avo Green Breakfast Smoothie that I threw together with some of my favorite fruits and veggies.

Matcha is a powdered green tea that has antioxidants said to prevent heart disease, boost metabolism, and give you energy. You can find this green tea powder at your local health food store. I like the Organic Matcha Green Tea from Green Foods pictured below. Enjoy!

  

* 1/2 banana

* 1/3 avocado

* 1/3 pear

* 1 handful spinach

* 1 tsp matcha powder

* 1/2 tsp honey

* 1/4 cup of oats

* 1/2 cup almond milk

* 2 cubes of ice

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Follow me on Pinterest @imyourangil for fitness inspiration including Pilates, yoga, dance, exercises, fitness and weightloss tips, fitness fashion, healthy recipes and more!

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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!

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