If it is tummy exercises you are looking for, look no further! Did you know that Pilates exercises include a wealth of tummy exercises, as well as its proclaimed back conditioning exercises?
Creating a strong core, tummy and back, will improve your posture, cure minor niggling back problems, (though they may not feel minor to you). The result of practising Pilates regularly will leave you with a finely toned stomach and a strong pain free back.
Before you begin exercise
- If you are in any doubt of your fitness, firstly check with your doctor or physician that you are ok to exercise.
- Move gradually through the exercises, always begin with level 1, when the level holds no challenge you can progress to the next level. You should never experience any pain in your back, if you do cease the exercise immediately.
Tummy exercises the Pilates way
L1 - Tummy Lift
Lie on your tummy, forehead to the floor resting on your hands. Draw your navel to your spine. Make sure your buttocks stay relaxed.
L2 - Half
Move from L1 to L2 making sure your hips, shoulders and head align horizontally. Ensure the navel is drawn in.
L3 - Full
Move from L2 to L3 by curling the toes under and lifting off the knees. You should align horizontally from the heals to the head.