What 31 days of Pilates looks like

Many people don’t realize that Pilates comes from the founder, Joseph Pilates, and that it has been taught since the early 1900’s. Mr. Pilates wrote a book in 1945 titled Return to Life, which described 34 mat exercises. Every March, the Pilates community dedicates each day to one or two exercises. I decided to film each day.

Even though it only took a minute or two, I felt better than I had in months taking time to move everyday. It taught me that no time is too short to squeeze in some movement. I also learned that it doesn’t have to be perfect, even though I’d really like it to be. And now my son desperately wants to teach me Pilates which is probably the cutest thing I have ever seen.

Here’s what my 31 days looked like.

And here is the list of each exercise in the original order:

  • The Hundred
  • The Roll Up
  • The Roll Over
  • Single Leg Circles
  • Rolling Like a Ball
  • Single Leg Stretch
  • Double Leg Stretch
  • Spine Stretch
  • Open Leg Rocker
  • The Corkscrew
  • The Saw
  • Swan Dive
  • Single Leg Kick
  • Double Leg Kick
  • The Neck Pull
  • Scissors
  • Bicycle
  • Shoulder Bridge
  • Spine Twist
  • Jack Knife
  • Side Kick Series
  • Teaser
  • Hip Circles
  • Swimming
  • Leg Pull Back
  • Leg Pull Front
  • Kneeling Side Kicks
  • Side Bend
  • Boomerang
  • The Seal
  • The Crab
  • Rocking
  • Balance Control
  • Push-ups


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