Some of you know that I’m currently working on my second “Online Video Pilates Course”, a Beginners Online Pilates Course.
The idea is to enable you to learn Level 1 or Beginners Pilates exercises and movements from scratch at home or on the go, without the need of having to go to an in-person Pilates class. .
This might be because you just live too far away from a class venue, you might work hours that clash with possible Pilates classes, you might have other family or social commitments that don’t allow you to attend a class, you might travel a lot for work, or you might just prefer to learn Pilates online for another reason.
Below a video where I explain how to do two different Beginners versions of a Pilates Single Leg Stretch, which is mainly a core/abdominal strength movement.
Everybody who sends valuable, real and honest feedback or comments in relation to audio/sound quality, video quality, lighting (is it too dark or bright etc.), understandability, possibly video structure (is there a logic to it) will go into a draw and the winner will get free access to the final version of the Online Video – Beginners Pilates course.
Anyway …. have a look at the video and let me know what you think.
Your constructive and honest feedback will enable me to improve the quality of these videos and online courses, so everybody benefits from it – it’s a win-win scenario.
Check this 5-minute Trial Video with a few different neck and back stretching and loosening exercises below.
A few of my morning Pilates Class participants asked me to create a simple video that they can do at home, during the August 2018 class break.
The video will give you a few useful ideas and a routine that you can do in your own time.
Feel free to share this video with anybody who sits the whole day, or most of the day in an office, on a desk or computer needs some relaxing and stretching.
You could do those exercises also as an easy (1)morning loosening sequence or routine, (2)in between during the day as a work break or (3) as mentioned above as a break from your desk or computer.
Please let me know what you think of the video, what is the sound quality like, can you see me clearly etc.? Depending on feedback I hope to record a good few similar videos with more ideas for simple and easy to do stretches and other exercises.
And remember to share this video with someone who you think would benefit from those stretches etc.. .
It just takes 5-minutes, and you will feel so much after doing them. .
Thanks _ Martin .
Is your lower back stiff, sore and or tight??? … Do you need to loosen & stretch your back??
In this short video, I show you three different variations of an exercise called the shoulder bridge. It’s a simple exercise to
mobilize, stretch and loosen your back
stretch tight chest muscles and
loosen your shoulders as well.
Check it out and send me an e-mail or message, via Facebook or SMS with any questions or any feedback or questions you might have! .
Stay Pro-Active, Stay Fit and Stay Healthy!
Thank you – Martin
And the lucky winners are …. .
a big Thank You before I announce the two lucky winners of the €50 vouchers for a Personal Fitness Training Session or local fitness, Pilates and exercise classes in South Dublin.
I really appreciate you taking time to fill out the survey as your help allows me to identify what you are interested in and what questions you want to have answered. I plan to answer some of your questions in additional short videos and will use your other suggestions to create a online fitness and health course.
My first course will be available to all who filled out the survey at a discounted introduction price. Any kind of feedback will be more than welcome, so that the quality of the course(s) can improve over time.
…. and finally the two winners of a €50 Fitness & Exercises Vouchers are: (1) Paula Lonergan, Stepaside, South Dublin, Dublin 18 (2) Karen Doyle, Sandyford / Leopoardstown, South Dublin, Dublin 18
Congratulations to both of you. I will be in touch early next week. You can either use the €50 voucher yourself or pass it on to a partner, relative or friend.
More food for thought. This time from Dr. Mark Hayman quote: “Think about it, if there is a health food section in the grocery store, what does that make the rest of the food sold there?”.
He one of the few doctors and physicians I follow online, worthwhile following.
To help you to keep focused and achieve your goals and ambitions I’m going to post motivational quotes or snippets of books and other resources I’m reading on my website and *Your Health Habit Coach* facebook page.
Feel free to e-mail me other quotes or articles, links to books and other resources, that you think are worthwhile sharing with other and I will post them here or on facebook.
“To progress, to get results, to succeed, to thrive, to triumph you must … get comfortable with getting uncomfortable.”
In Video No. 12 I’m showing you a 10min “Neck, Back and Shoulder Stretching” Routine. This includes various standing and seated stretches. You could do the program e.g.
first thing in the morning after waking up, to loosen your body after a good nights rest.
as a office desk mid-morning or lunchtime break
as a evening routine after work or a long day at the desk to stretch those tight neck, back and shoulder muscles.
maybe when driving long-distances as a mini break
what else could you use this routine for …… ? Let me know.
The stretches and exercises are very simple and can be done anywhere. You don’t need any special equipment or props, nor do you need to change clothing – simple – quick and easy !!!
You will see a few seated stretches being done in a office chair, just to give you some ideas what can be done to stretch your back, spine and shoulder area and reduce tension in that area, as it gets tight for most of us when sitting for hours on a desk.
Aim to do some or all of these exercises at least once a day, ideally twice a day. Maybe get your work colleagues to join in and do it as a team activity or break. Taking a few minutes out will give you a mental break and boost your alertness and productivity.
I generally recommend to
(1) set a fixed time at which you do this stretching program e.g. mid morning 10am or after your lunch break at 1.30pm. The main goal is to establish a routine, something you do at set times and days. Ultimately you want to do this without having to think about it, without any conscious effort – your posture will thank you.
(2) Schedule it in your diary at the beginning of the week, it only takes 10min.
(3) Get your work colleagues to join and make is team activity or do it together with you partner or spouse.
(4) ask yourself “What is different after doing this stretching routine?” – “Which body-part loosened up or is more relaxed after the stretches?” – “What are the benefits of doing this?”