Pilates isn’t just about looking good for me, it’s about feeling good and this is exactly what made me fall in love with it when I was at ballet school. My clients still say to me all the time how much better they feel after their sessions and it’s that feeling that you sometimes can’t even describe, you just feel lovely in your body and mind after a Pilates class. I try to encourage my clients to do a little Pilates routine every day as a little a day keeps the pains away (hehe); it also sets me up for a fabulous day ahead.
This every day Pilates routine is inspired by the classical Pilates mat but with some adaptions and obviously exercises missed out because it’s a nice short 20 minute workout. 20 minutes is just the right amount for the morning; if I can’t get another workout in during the rest of the day, I feel good that I’ve done this.
It’s so nice to get your spine moving in the morning and I also love working my core in the morning because this makes me feel less bloated throughout the day and also improves my posture. I also love doing this workout if I’m feeling a little run down or low energy as it’s low impact but still makes me feel like I’ve moved and conditioned my body.
This routine is a lovely part of a feel good morning routine, follow my steps below to creating the perfect set up for your morning workout.
How To Set Up For A Morning Home Workout.
- The first step to motivate myself to do a morning workout at home actually starts the night before. I lay out my activewear and make sure it’s an outfit I’m excited to wear. As much as it’s totally fine to workout in pyjamas in your bedroom, I find I feel so much better in well fitted activewear that I feel good in. Although luckily the Matalan Souluxe range literally feels like pyjamas it’s so comfortable. I love this long sleeve lilac tee, the cut is really unique. I sometimes where it loosely or tie it in a knot at the back for a more fitted look. My go to basics are always a black crop and leggings, I really love the capri cut of these black leggings and the waistline sits in a really nice place just below the naval.
- I then make sure the space I’m working out in is decluttered. The idea is to create a studio setting as best as possible so you don’t feel like you’re in your bedroom or living room. I clear the furniture and make a space for my mat and room around it too. I’ll light some candles and maybe a diffuser to create a nice ambiance. It’s then time to step into your at home studio.
- Music is such an important part of my at home morning workout. For Pilates I love easy listening chilled music, I’ve got a few go to playlists on my phone so I’ll put one on to help get me in the mood.
- Before moving into the workout, it’s really nice to get connected to your body to see how it’s feeling that morning. I do this my breathing diaphragmatically. Inhaling and expanding the breathe into the back and side of my ribs and exhaling, emptying the lungs and narrowing the ribs. I might find my ribs feel a bit stiff or there’s tension in my neck so this is a great way to release and relax and connect your mind to your body.
- Finally I’ll connect to my core muscles. This is a vital step to get the most from the Pilates routine or any workout your doing that morning. I’ll place my hands on my stomach and as I exhale draw my naval towards my spine, as I then inhale I’ll maintain that connection gently so the tummy stays drawn in on the inhale and the exhale. It’s important not to over tense here though.
After these 5 steps I’ll move into my Pilates routine. This set up feels so much better than rushing out of bed and trying to rush a workout in in my pyjamas and crashing into furniture. Try to make it a ritual and a lovely experience you look forward to every morning. Enjoy every moment of that morning me time.
Love, Lottie x
*Photos of Lottie Murphy shot by Lydia Collins wearing Matalan Souluxe Range.
*Thank you Matalan for sponsoring this post. All opinions are of course my own.