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Morning Pilates workout to wake up your brain and body


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Good morning, sunny! Okay, wow, sorry for being a LOT of things first. But if you’re not ready for that energy, can I recommend a new 22-minute morning Pilates workout from East River Pilates trainer Brian Spencer?

“This is gguaranteed to wake you up and leave you feeling energized for the day,” says Spencer.

Exercise is great first thing in the morning because it increases blood circulation, bringing oxygen to the brain and throughout the body, helping you to wake up and start working naturally. It also helps you to improve brain function as it stimulates the release of proteins and hormones responsible for nerve growth and plasticity in the brain.

Spencer keeps those brain-boosting benefits to the fore with a workout that challenges both your body and mind. Right off the bat, you’ll be doing lying poses, including classic Pilates moves like table legs and glutes. But Spencer also throws in some movement synthesis and coordination to keep you hooked on the action.

“We’re working on that brain a little bit to keep us awake for the day,” says Spencer, while instructing the one-arm, one-leg stretch. “I know we’re all busy multi-taskers, so start your day with a little multitasking in your body, you can’t go wrong.”

Other movements, such as the “double rainbow”, involve touching opposite corners of the mat with straight arms and legs while supporting hands and knees, and squatting to reach, continue continue multitasking.

Of course, if that’s a bit too much at the start of the day, Spencer includes many modifications that take the “rub and pat your head” factor out of the Pilates equation. Overall, this is an exercise that gets your blood pumping, your brain active, your spine lengthened, and your muscles awake. Good morning, sunny! We know you can handle it.

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