Pilates Can Keep You Warm And Well This Winter
The temperature is dropping and the flu warnings are out. Here comes winter.
The cold season is traditionally the hardest season for getting active – too rugged up, too cold, too hard… and is the most likely season we will succumb to colds and flu.
It doesn’t have to be though.
This winter stay healthy using the Pilates method as a natural preventative measure to keep yourself warm inside and out, and keep your immune system boosted. It works.
Pilates has sound science-based effects on the internal systems as much as it does the musculoskeletal system. Yep, it will make us look good – tighten abs, lengthen the spine, improve posture. But the unseen, deep and health providing effects of doing Pilates are immeasurable.
Pilates exercises, while including the major muscle groups of the whole body, focus the work of the intrinsic muscles of the body which sit deep within joints and internal structures. Being able to work into these deep regions means that we will create much deeper circulatory responses and movement of fluids like lymph that clean out our bodies of toxins. It also offers us a direct stimulatory effect on internal organs, and thereby stimulation of the functions and chemical responses of systems such as the respiratory, digestive and endocrine systems, which have a direct effect on our immunity and wellbeing.
It is also easy to see how that deep internal focus will provide warmth from the deepest layers of the body outward, and create internal heat as well as metabolic stimulation. It’s win win!
Here is a Pilates Method prescription to help you stay warm and well this winter.
A simple 5-10 minute Pilates sequence will set up your whole body to function most efficiently as well as energise you and warm you up.
Keep in mind to move with an internal focus, using Pilates method concepts like ‘scooping’ in of your abdominals, lengthening your spine, breathing deeply.
There is a ‘method’ to getting the work properly into your body, so having live tuition really helps. Plus you’ll be inside, warm, active, and keeping the winter chills away.
I recommend a few tips that are easy to do and pack a punch for immune boosting and toxin clearing.
Put lemon or lime slices into filtered or spring water and sipping it throughout the day. As much as you can. Warm water is even better.
Get some sunshine whenever you can, and however it works best for you.
Eat warm, nourishing foods. Like vegetable soups and stews, curries, and grains. Think of eating seasonally – warm foods, root vegetables, spices – are all perfect in winter.