Pilates, stretching and muscles

I had a lower back problem for many years.

Debilitating hernia that led me to stay a few weeks in bed not able to move. At twenty something of age, it’s not a life.

Once moving, I was followed by osteopaths and chiropractors improving my situation. No operation, no infiltration.

But it is only when I started Pilates exercises that I felt real improvements. And in the long term (I have been doing pilates for at least 10 years now) I can affirm it is the best form of exercise for this kind of problem.

Strengthening my core, stretching my thighs and toning pelvic and abdominal muscles (all part of pilates technique) has done miracles!

Since I do pilates exercises at lease 4 times a week for 30 to 45 min each, my body’s in shape.

But… it’s still a weakness and it has to be maintained / strengthen.

I spent a 6 week summer vacation without doing any pilates, just swim and play around with my kids. It is only at the end of those weeks that I felt that my lower back still has a weakness.

I travel by plane a few times per year and let me tell you that after sitting in an airplane for 7 to 8 hours is also a reminder.

Not moving, sitting long periods of time and mostly not having kept tonus of my core for 6 weeks… Not a good thing!

But you know what? I just love doing pilates ❤️ The feeling it gives me afterwards is so great that I no longer skip a moment to do at least some of the exercises.

Pilates is part of my routine, it’s part of my life, it’s part of my lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle. Chantal’s healthy lifestyle.

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