You’ve probably heard that variety is the spice of life, but did you know it’s also the spice that keeps your body feeling flexible?
And by “variety,” I’m talking about the movement kind.
Your muscles and fascia love movement because it keeps all of your soft tissue hydrated and nourished.
It’s not just food and water that nourish your body. Movement brings vital nutrients to your cells too!
And when your soft tissues are nourished and hydrated, your body is more supple and flexible.
When it comes to exercising (and this includes stretching!), it’s easy to throw variety out the window by doing the same exercises the same way every time.
Which, for your muscles and fascia, is like only eating apples and bananas with no regard for the other food groups. And you know your body needs some protein and veggies in the mix too!
Changing up old, familiar exercises is the perfect way to add variety and bring “movement nutrients” to parts of your body that feel stiff and dried out like a dehydrated raisin.
In the last post, I shared the Hip Glide exercise, and it’s one of my favorites. Today you’ll get even more “movement nutrients” with a different variation of this restorative exercise.
This hip glide is particularly helpful for tight hamstrings, inner thighs, and glutes!
After you check it out, I’d love to know how it goes. Please let me know how it works for you in the comments below.
Spicing things up,
P.S. If you’re curious about other simple exercises to spice up your movement practice, check out the Pilates Tonic Online (PTO) membership.
PTO is a self-paced membership that costs $55 a month.
Every month, PTO members receive:
- Two live Zoom classes + the class recording (so you never have to worry about missing a class)
- Two new movement videos
- The Membership Journey: a roadmap for alignment success so you get more out of every other exercise you do
- Unlimited access to the PTO Video Library
- Weekly emails