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Maintaining my usual fitness routine while traveling and spending time with family is a challenge. I literally have to sneak out of the house to get my workouts in while my family wants to feed me all day!
Having a similar dilemma? Here are 3 Tips for maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle during the holiday season!
1 — Go to the grocery store and purchase healthy eats to keep in the house during your stay.
Thankfully my dad has a nutribullet and always keeps fresh and frozen fruits, veggies, oats, and almond milk in stock. Although I go out to eat a lot when visiting home, I still am able to make my green smoothies in the morning for breakfast and have healthy snacks between meals.
2 — Find local gyms and fitness studios to go to for workouts.
When I travel, I always take time to do some research on studios nearby the location I will be staying. It can be fun to find new places to workout and I also get to meet new people in different cities and countries. I will often take an hour long pilates, yoga, or other type of group exercise class where I will still be close to family and friends.
3 — Encourage friends and family members to exercise and eat nutritious foods.
Going for walks, bike rides, taking group fitness classes, and exercising at home is a great way to be active and spend time with your family. Share fitness tips and some of your favorite healthy recipes with your loved ones. I enjoy showing my dad smoothie recipes and learning some of his as well. I also love teaching my little cousins pilates and yoga (pictured above).
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Ever wonder what it’s like to train like a Victoria’s Secret Angel? Gina Papalia and I, from Grasshopper Pilates in NYC, trained these top models to prepare them for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show!
We put together 3 challenging workouts with Glamour.com featuring some of our favorite exercises that we gave the models to get them runway ready. All you need is a mat and a set of 3lb Dumbbells to do this at-home workout!
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According to Essence Magazine, my look is one of, “19 Fierce Fall Looks to Try.” On a casual Friday in Soho, this look is comfy, chic, and appropriate for teaching my Pilates clients and exploring the city in between.
Although I am very athletic, I have to admit that I do not typically wear workout attire or sneakers outside. However, I have decided that sneakers are cuter than bunions and more practical than heels for walking around NYC. I suppose I will have to look for more patent, animal printed, and studded pairs so I still feel girly lol.
The best part about this look is that it is affordable! All of these pieces are under $100 each. I even bought these cool sunglasses from a street vendor for just $7! See my outfit details below.
Top: Necessary Clothing
Sneakers: Steve Madden
Photo: Hannan Saleh for Essence Magazine
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|| 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.
• Strengthens the abdominals and hip flexors
• Improves balance and coordination
• Stretches the hamstrings
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.
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.
Photo by Masha Creative for Nóli Yoga with fellow Pilates instructor Katie Yip
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As we enjoy the hot days of summer it is essential to stay hydrated! I remember as kid I use to love when the ice cream truck drove through our neighborhood so I could get my favorite popsicles. Most of those sweet treats however are loaded with sugar and have no nutritional value.
No worries though… Try my Berry Popsicle recipe that is a healthy version of your favorite childhood treat. They are easy to make, tasty, refreshing, and are made with real fruit and coconut water that gives you nutrients and keeps you hydrated!
All you need is a blender and popsicle holders. I use my nutribullet to blend and I found these popsicle holders at my local dollar store.
* 1/2 banana
* 1 handful of berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries)
* 1/2 cup coconut water
* 1/2 cup almond milk
1 — Place a few slices of berries into each popsicle holder.
2 — Put all ingredients together and blend using a traditional blender or nutribullet.
3 — Pour blended mix into popsicle holders, freeze for 4-6hrs, then serve.
My popsicles turned out great and I hope yours will too! You can always modify this recipe by using some of your other favorite fruits like lemons and oranges. Making this treat is also a fun activity that you can do with your family. Share your own versions of this recipe in the comments below.
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