Refocus and Stay Active in Changing Weather

Our sun-kissed summer memories are behind us now, but that doesn’t mean we forget all the hard work we did to achieve that bikini body! With this new change of weather comes other changes: your skin gets chapped, you might start to feel emotionally low. There’s  a name for this condition: seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. Based on the shortened day length, the change of the season affects your mood, energy, and motivation. Honor those feelings but don’t let them overcome you! Push that aside. Take advantage of the slight chill outside to fire up your own warmth from within. LET’S GET FIERCE THIS FALL!

 

Alternating Earthquake Elbow Tap x 20 Taps

Works: Obliques, Core

A: Sit comfortably with your legs long, heels pressed together, toes pointed. Your back should be tall and your arms should be stretched forward. Lean back to your “tipping point,” right before you’re about to fall backward and you’re just holding on with the strength of your core. Beginners, you may bend your knees and slightly curl your lower back to create a Pilates C-Curve.

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Photograph ©2015 by Sam Livits and David Kim

 

B:  Twist and press your right elbow to the mat. Alternate, then press left elbow to the mat.

Cassey Ho Elbow Tap 2

 Photograph ©2015 by Sam Livits and David Kim

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cassey Ho is an internationally renowned, award-winning fitness instructor and online personality. She is the creator of Blogilates, the #1 female fitness channel on Youtube with over 200 million video views and 2 million subscribers. In a revolutionary partnership, Cassey’s unique format, POP Pilates© which launched on Youtube in 2009, is now being turned into a live class that can be taken at 24 Hour Fitness gyms nationally beginning in 2015. She’s also the star of her own top selling POP Pilates DVDs at Target stores. Cassey is the designer of an activewear collection, BODYPOP Active which launched in Fall 2014. Her designs feminine silhouettes and colorful palettes have proven to be extremely popular.

Cassey’s blog, blogilates.com, was named the top healthy living blog by Fitness Magazine in 2012 and, recently, she took home the Streamy Award for Best Health and Wellness Channel for 2014. Greatist named her one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in the world in Health and Fitness for 2015. She has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, Extra, The Steve Harvey Show, The Wendy Williams Show and in Shape, Fitness, Cosmopolitan, and Seventeen magazines, among many others.

 

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