We’re just a week into the New Year and I’ve heard so many people complaining about eating too much over the holidays and feeling more sluggish as they sit at their desks.

While Pilates is typically done on the mat, at Body Harmonics, we love incorporating standing exercises into our Pilates & Movement repertoire. Not only does it add challenge to your body, but it builds your balance, core and stamina in a way you just can’t get on the mat.

Here are a few of our favourite exercises you can try when you’re feeling like you need to just get moving. You can do these on their own or this little sequence as I’ve designed it.

Standing arm sweep – side to side

Standing arm sweep – overhead

Standing rib circles

Wide plié squat

Wide plié squat + hip hinge

Hold plié squat + hinge

Elephant (hip hinge)

Elephant + arm arc

Skating squat

Standing rib circles

Standing roll down

Forward/backward lunge

Hold lunge + calf raise

Hold lunge + spinal flexion & extension

Hold lunge + spinal rotation (glutes may be on fire here!!!)

Calf raise

Walking calf raise

Forward/backward lunge

Hold lunge + calf raise

Hold lunge + spinal flexion & extension

Hold lunge + spinal rotation (glutes may be on fire here!!!)

Calf raise

Walking calf raise

Lateral arm arcs with upper spinal movement

Body release

Learn to teach standing Pilates

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