After a day out on the bay sailing my little laser I am keenly aware of how lucky I am to have found Pilates. If not for practicing this form of exercise for the past 8 years I would not be able to enjoy the thrills of hanging out on my laser to keep it from tipping over. My back just would not have allowed me to do this before. So even though I am tired and weary here is this week’s exercise for those of you who are keen to keep up your own practice.
The Side to Side
Goal: Strengthen the sides of your abdominals.
Lie on your back, with your legs lengthened straight up towards the roof and squeezed together. Stretch your arms out to your sides, aligned with your chest, palms face down. Visualise your chest as a lead weight enabling you to move only the lower half of your body freely.
Step 2. Breathe in to prepare and as your exhale lower your legs to your right. Inhale and as you exhale bring your legs back to the centre.
Step 3. Breathe in and as you exhale lower your legs to the left. Inhale and as you exhale bring your legs back to centre.
Repeat five on each side.