My prenatal Pilates experience – week 20

Having taught and practiced Pilates for around 8 years now, my body has always been rather consistent. Even when there’s a bit of tightness in my shoulders and neck or a slight twinge in my knee, my body has always felt reliable.

My pregnancy thus far has been quite smooth sailing (touch wood), with no morning sickness and only a little bit of fatigue. However, after hitting the 20 week mark with my baby bump beginning to take shape, a couple of new niggles have developed that my body wasn’t used to. The most prominent being a tightness in my coccyx (tailbone) and sit-bones (the two boney points that we sit on). These niggles were constant, whether standing, bending over or even just trying to find a comfortable position sitting on the couch.

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Active April in the Workplace

At Melbourne Osteopathy Sports Injury Centre, we recognise the importance of physical activity in the workplace. We support Premier’s Active April for the many physical and psychological benefits that it promotes. With just a little extra effort, you can begin forming healthy long-term habits to keep active whilst managing a busy work schedule.

Try the ideas below – they won’t take up much extra time and can lead to some very positive health improvements:

  • Choose stairs over the lift.
  • Treat escalators like stairs.
  • Try a walking meeting – this helps get the blood flowing and is great for generating ideas.
  • Find a lunch time activity – Pilates, walking, yoga, etc.
  • Encourage your workplace to start up lunchtime corporate health classes for your team. These are becoming very popular as they benefit individuals’ health and improve productivity for employers.
  • Walk part of the way to work – even if it’s just an extra 15 minutes – it all adds up.

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Active April 2017

Premier’s Active April is all about encouraging Victorians to strive for 30 minutes of physical activity per day during the month of April.

At Melbourne Osteopathy Sports Injury Centre we understand how important it is for our clients and staff to keep active and moving. We especially encourage people to find an activity they enjoy doing when striving for Active April’s daily goal of 30 minutes of activity.

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Bodhi Suspension System

In addition to Exercise Physiology and Pilates, the MOSIC community have access to another wonderful exercise class, the Bodhi suspension system. The Bodhi unit at our Collins Street studio takes suspension training to a new level with twice as many suspension points as other systems on the market. It allows you to be suspended by all four limbs, which forces you to work your core in a much more potent way.

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How Pilates Can Benefit Cyclists

While the benefits of Pilates are now widely recognised for improving core stability and treating many desk-related complaints, cycling is a sport where this can sometimes be overlooked. This article from the Longevity website outlines some of the amazing benefits that Pilates can offer for both recreational and competitive cyclists.

From ideas as simple as preventing injury by strengthening leg, back and neck muscles to countering the negative impacts of sitting on a bike, there are a whole range of reasons why Pilates can make a big difference for cyclists.

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Pilates is Your Body’s Best Insurance Policy

A great article posted on the mypilatesinfo.com website earlier this year offers a great explanation of exactly what Pilates is and how it can be used to keep your body strong and healthy and prevent all the unnecessary wear and tear on joints that can occur when your muscles become unbalanced.Studio Pilates

Pilates is about strengthening your core. But the point of creating and maintaining a strong core isn’t just so you can do more advanced Pilates work. The goal is to have a strong core and proper alignment so your body functions properly and you can do all those activities you love for the rest of your life.

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The Melbourne Marathon Festival…Are You Competing?

With under five weeks to go until the annual Melbourne Marathon, the biggest marathon in Australia, an increasing number of Melbournians are now out and about running.

With a large selection of event choices available, all the way from the full 42km run to a 3km walk, it’s easy to see how this event has gone from just 2000 competitors in 1978, to over 35,000 in more recent years.

Coming across these people whilst running around the “Tan” or along the Yarra River, I often wonder what sort of training they are doing to prepare themselves for the event? And are they complementing their running with some sort of strength and stability training?

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