If you think Pilates sounds too difficult to try or you don’t like the idea of sliding around on a Reformer, no worries. There are plenty of easy Pilates exercises you can do on a mat at home to build up your strength.
Simple, gentle Pilates moves come in handy whether you’re a beginner, you’re having an off day, or don’t feel like running, jumping, or going to the gym. “The beauty of Pilates is that it was designed as a method of rehabilitation and conditioning for the full body,” says Samantha Price, a BASI-certified Pilates Instructor at SweatHB. That means it’s stretchy, low impact, and it comes in varying degrees of difficulty, so you can build up as you go. “If you’re recovering from an injury or simply looking to work out on a low-energy day, Pilates is a great option,” she tells Bustle.
Some Pilates moves are inherently simple and gentle, while the tougher ones can be modified by using props, bands, or other tools like a Pilates circle, says Price. There are also different class levels to pick from, so if you’re going to hit one up IRL or stream a workout on YouTube, make sure you go easy. “A class labeled foundation, restorative, or beginner would be perfect for a lazy day workout,” she says. But don’t discount the class just because it’s on the gentler side: “Working at a lower level and slower pace also allows you to focus on the mechanics of each movement to ensure that you are getting the most out of the workout.”
Keep scrolling for 10 easy Pilates exercises that’ll help you fit in some gentle movement.
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Samantha Price, BASI-certified Pilates Instructor at SweatHB
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