By: Lisa Payne
Signing off summer with an epic vacation? Plan ahead with a travel itinerary that includes more than sipping on festive poolside mocktails and overindulging in the local cuisine.
The best vacations are ones that balance quality downtime with healthy bouts of activity. But if structure is something you struggle with on holiday, we’ve got the perfect solution.
Keep your stellar summer fitness routine going strong with this on-the-go Pilates workout.
Lie on the floor with knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Push your feet down and lift your hips up while squeezing your glutes. Then with a slight tuck of the tailbone, slowly lower your hips back to the ground while pulling your naval towards your spine. Complete 25x.
Next, keep the same positioning but lift one leg off the ground with the foot pointing towards the ceiling. Lift the hips up and down with control. Complete 25x each side.
With both knees bent and feet flat, reach your arms above your head. As if you were trying to touch the ceiling, roll your torso up and forward, rounding your back over your knees. Engage through your abdominals to lower back down one vertebrae at a time.
Come up to a tall seat with both knees bent. Lean your upper body back slightly. Bring your arms by your sides with palms hovering above the ground beside your hips. Pulse your palms down towards the ground and count to 100!
Lie on your back with knees pulled in and arms wrapped around your shins in a ball-like position. Then, push your legs out straight while at the same time reaching your arms above your head. Keep shoulders and legs off the ground. Repeat 25x.
Sit with both legs crossed. Then, take your right leg behind you so that both knees are bent in a cheerleader-like position. With the left leg in front, reach your right arm up and over to the left. Then, reach your left arm over to the right. This is where you’ll feel your oblique muscles turn on. Try it 25x on both leg positions.
Vacations are more fun when you balance play-time with a little self care. Set 20 minutes aside each day for exercise. You’ll feel more refreshed, energized and stronger upon your return.