Naptime Pilates #FitTipFriday

Naptime is the best time to sneak some fitness in, am I right mamas?! And Pilates is one of the best methods of exercise to tighten and tone in a small space with no equipment. As I’m getting ready to launch another round of my Love Yourself Towards Healthy Online Fitcamp on Monday, May 2nd, I’m filming a few additional videos for the at-home fitness component. Today I filmed a few Pilates moves that are sure to strengthen your core during your kids’ naptime!

Naptime Pilates: How To

  • From a downward dog position, lift right leg up to 3-legged dog.
  • Bend your right leg, and shift into a plank position.
  • Bring your right knee to your right inner elbow, across to your left inner elbow, back to your right inner elbow, and then extend behind.
  • Repeat 8x.
  • On the 8th extension, bring right knee to right outer elbow for firefly position. Hold as long as you can!

Good Form Tips

Whenever doing a downward dog or plank variation, gaze should always remain down to keep your head and neck in alignment with your spine. Core should be tight and engaged. Butt should be squeezed and even with your hips and shoulders. Spread weight evenly between feet and hands to prevent injury to your wrists.

Here’s the video for a visual how-to!

Meridith Oram
Meridith Oram is an ACE-Certified Health Coach at Below the Fork where she encourages women to love themselves towards healthy. She is married with two boys, and lives outside of Philadelphia. She earned a B.A. in Communications from Villanova University. Meridith writes about FASTer Way to Fat Loss, fitness, nutrition, Celiac Disease, and easy (but delicious!) gluten-free recipes at Follow her @belowthefork on all social channels.

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