With so many different exercise options out there these days, hating the gym is no longer a good enough reason to not get moving. So to inspire you to try new things, our chronically unfit lifestyle editor is lacing up her runners and trying out every type of exercise we can find in Melbourne — from Yoga to Boot Camps and every crazy thing in between.
Got a class you want us to try for you? Hit up the comments and we'll give it a go. Think of her as your exercise guinea pig.
Peta Serras Pilates Stretching Series, my house
Yes, we all know it is Winter. And in Winter it is incredibly difficult to leave the house when you have to do the non-negotiables like go to work, but when it comes to exercising it is a little bit too easy to lose the fight with your doona and get back into bed (even if it is 6 p.m. and you just got home from work). That's why for this week's exercise test run I wanted to try something that can be done in the comfort of my loungeroom in my daggiest ripped leggings.
The Peta Serras Pilates Stretching Series is a full flexibility training session that can help you limber up those muscles and increase your flexibility in only 15 minutes a day. The beginners series is designed to help you reach your toes while the more advanced session is designed to ease you into the splits.
Despite all those years of dancing I was never what you would call flexible in any stretch of the word. A lot of my dancing career was spent providing a stable base for the other girls while they lifted their legs around me, so it wasn't surprising that what little flexibility I had dissipated almost instantly during the last 6 years of my exercise hiatus. Up until this year I hadn't noticed that I'd lost the ability to touch my toes, and that was a little bit scary!
I really enjoy this Pilates-based stretching system because while it is quick, it feels like I'm really getting to the root of all my muscles, plus it means I can do a quick stretching session before I start getting ready for work without having to wake up unreasonably early.
It would work well as an accompaniment to your regular exercise routine, but I'm definitely relying on it to keep me moving in some way while I'm bundled up inside the house this Winter. It might not be a sweat-inducing heart pumping workout, but in my mind any movement is good movement. Plus, I'm getting so close to getting back into the splits again already that it managed to hook me in!