Exercising my photogenic self
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
DD1 tortured me again yesterday. I'm also her favorite model, something I never aspired to be.
This particular exercise made my abs hurt this morning. Tighten up all those core muscles, breath, exhale. Push down, pull towards me, push away then back up. Simple, huh?
"According to one study, Pilates reformer exercises performed once per week for 10 weeks resulted in reduced fall risk and significant improvements in static and dynamic balance and functional mobility in adults age 65 and older at risk for falling."
I couldn't tell you what these moves are but I can tell you I am sore the next day. The exercises seem simple.
This is the Pilates Reformer.
Different strength springs are attached to various objects like cuffs and bars (think replacing weights) and you move within small ranges using specific muscles. I like it because I can exercise isolated areas without interference from my permanently injured parts such as my bad back.
This one reminds me of the traction set put above a patient's bed! I'm using a foot cuff to do air circles while the spring fights for it's dominance. My instructor-daughter snaps the photo for her blog.
There is a piece of equipment for which I am lacking a photo. Imagine standing in front of a chair that has a foot pedal (bar) that you are going to press down against the springs using one foot while you balance on the other. Your knee is fully bent as you start to push down to the floor. Now do that while not holding on to anything.
Now do it with your hands on top of your head.
Yeah, I can do that!