I've discovered over the years of moving and teaching movement that when it comes to waking up the body, nothing beats the bodymind work of Pilates. It comes down to this: some exercises and ways of moving simply are better than different kinds - especially in the morning. Now, I need to qualify that word, "better". By "better", I am referring to methods of movement that engage our body and wake up neuromuscular pathways in a more mindful, efficient, and holistic way. I love cardio. I love riding my bike and getting outside. But Pilates, though quite intense, as you well know, is designed to use the least amount of energy to achieve the deepest work. That's why I practice mat Pilates in the morning to wake up my body, I take deep breaths before I look at my phone, and the first thing I ingest is H2O - and lots of it! And you should too. Yup. Here's a few more tidbits why being good to your body in the morning sets you up for the rest of your day - let's make it a good one.
Think of toothpaste versus warm honey. The latter drips smoothly from the spoon. The former has to be squeezed out of a tube. If we gently lubricate our joints and especially our spinal joints by yawning and rolling and reaching, we are doing our body good.
And by doing this we begin not the process of focus, but the process of SCATTERING. This literally follows us throughout the day, disrupting focus, not allowing us to experience flow, and even damaging our memory. Say NO to cell phones in the morning!
We just learned that fluid gathers in the spinal discs as we sleep making them more viscous. And that the better choice is to gently oil our joints in the morning. And that resisting the urge to look at our phone first thing helps keep us alert and focused. So now (maybe after a visit to the bathroom) it's time to down some refreshing H2O. Yup. Lots of it.
The recommendation is to divide your weight in half and drink that many ounces of pure water a day - not liquid, WATER. But generally, if you're thirsty, you're already dehydrated, so drink more water! If you workout and sweat a lot, drink even more. Squeeze half a lemon or add some herbs to help you get it down. But do it. For the good of your entire well-being.
i'm stephanie. my last names mean "hedgehog" in Czech and "pretty calf" in French. i have an MA from Oxford in English lit, and a MFA from Riverside in experimental choreography. i like to write. i have lots of thoughts on the body. and i want to help you understand your own better. oh, i'm also plant-based and love to bake with vegan ingredients.
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