There are many options for Pilates after walking! These videos are specifically for you and all you need is ten minutes!
I love going on walks. The fresh air, moving my body, listening to music or a podcast are my reasons for walking. It feels good to get out of the house even for a short walk. Sometimes if I’m feeling stuck or uneasy, I step outside for a short walk. I may not know the reason for the feeling but I feel much better afterwards.
Typically I enjoy walking for at least 30 minutes. My movements become more fluid as I go. If it’s summertime in Texas I’ll break up my walk and do some in the morning and again in the evening. It feels less intense that way.
Once I get home from a good walk I take off my shoes and walk on the cold tile floor in my house. The next thing I do is lay on the floor. I let gravity do the work. It feels good to let my arms open and rest. I begin to feel which muscles I’ve used.
Next I do Pilates on the floor. The mat work is one of the best ways to relieve any tightness you might experience when walking. It also helps me feel loose. If I come home and sit for a long period, my body feels tight. But when I do Pilates after a walk the tightness doesn’t happen.
Walking and running are great forms of exercise and some of the reasons why I love them include low cost, stress relief, and fun! The thing with running and walking is it is a forward motion so you’re using the same set of muscles over and over again.
Our body moves in a variety of ways. We can bend forward, extend back, side bend, and twist!
After a long walk or run your legs might feel tired along with your feet and shoulders. Regardless of what your posture is like when walking or running, there are ways to loosen and move your body as a form of recovery.
One of the best parts about these exercises is they are on the floor and you can lay down!
Side Leg Movements
If you have trouble being on the floor for a long time, try these exercises standing or sitting in a chair.
5 Easy and Simple Movements
Pilates after Walking: Sitting
When I was running half marathons all I did was run. I’m a learner by nature and I looked up a training plan, read how to prepare for races, and began my journey! Looking back I remember my training included cross-training, whether it was lifting weights, yoga, Pilates, or swimming, and I didn’t do any of them.
Pilates after Walking with Magic Circle
I created this Pilates after walking video specifically for you and all you need is ten minutes and a magic circle!
It will open your chest and loosen your shoulders and hips. You’ll walk feeling lighter on your feet and taller!
During my training, I wasn’t motivated to do my cross-training and didn’t know what to do. I hope this helps make it easier for you to add movement after a walk or run.
If you find yourself unmotivated, know that you’re not alone and you’re human! Remind yourself of how much better you’ll feel after you do it.
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