Do you feel like prioritizing your mind and body always falls to the bottom of the never-ending to-do list?
Imagine if you had an efficient daily routine that addressed your whole mind and body.
LET'S GET STARTED!
Welcome to My Daily Five!
As a business-owner and new mom living in New York City, I know what it's like to feel like you have no time for yourself. After becoming a new mom I found it extremely hard to fit in a workout, even though I run a Pilates business. It quickly became clear that I needed to add this back in - for my own physical, mental and spiritual sanity.
I know that time is at a premium, so I thought deep and hard about the most efficient way to get to all parts of the body. I love Pilates because it is a holistic exercise form that not only develops strength and tone but also aligns you and stretches you. I created this series of five simple Pilates exercises (plus a bonus one) to make it easy for you (and me!) to fit in a daily routine that addresses the whole body and connects you to your core. It both energizes and calms you.
What are the Pilates exercises in My Daily Five?
1 - The Roll Up
2 - The Criss Cross
3 - The Swan
4 - The Side Kicks
5 - The Pilates Pushup
BONUS: The Mermaid
How and when should I use My Daily Five (MDF)?
At the start of your day: MDF is a perfect movement ritual to start your day and wake everything up.
For a mid-day pick me up: MDF can be used on your lunch break or while the kids are napping to refresh your mind and body.
As an end of day, pre-sleep routine: MDF will either relax or invigorate you, depending on what you need. You can do MDF at the end of your day to help you de-stress and prepare for a good night's rest.
What if I don't know how to do Pilates?
The exercises in My Daily Five are safe for all levels. You don't need to know how to do Pilates.
*PLEASE NOTE: make sure to have your doctor's clearance before performing any exercises in the
My Daily Five video.
Denise Posnak Gaffney has taught private and group Pilates since 2001. She is certified through Romana's Pilates and holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois (UIUC). In addition to her classical Pilates training, she has studied somatic techniques such as the Alexander Technique, The Feldenkrais Method, Laban/Bartenieff Fundamentals and Anusara yoga and served as a Lecturer of Dance at the University of Georgia, Barnard College and Stephens College. Her diverse client range includes professional athletes and dancers, pre- and post-natal women and those who work in highly demanding and stressful occupations, as well as those who are dealing with injury or chronic illness.
She lives in NYC with her daughter and husband.