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Fitness on the Go: Video of Pilates Mat Exercises

Time crunched? No time for the gym? But still want to squeeze in some fitness?

Believe it or not, 20-Minutes of Pilates Mat Exercises is all it takes to get an amazing Fitness on the Go workout.  Even though you are lying on the ground your heart rate will increase and you’ll work just about every major muscle in your body, especially your core!

The video below uses just a mat and 1 set of dumbbells (I use 5 pounds but you can start with 1 pound soup cans if you don’t have weights at home.)

You can do the pilates mat exercises 2 or 3 days a week.



Ivy Larson

In 2010, Clean Cuisine was launched because Ivy Larson wanted to share her anti-inflammatory lifestyle and delicious recipes using ingredients in their most natural and nutrient-rich state. In 2020, Ivy passed the website to Aimee and Madison. Since then, they have been adding new recipes and nutrition posts while updating old recipes and articles. Thanks for visiting Clean Cuisine!

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Christy Langa

Wednesday 23rd of November 2011

I was diagnosed with MS about 5 years ago when I had an MS incident with my right leg and right hand (sounds like stroke, right?). Although my right hand recovered quickly and seems to have recovered 100%, my right leg took much longer and never recovered completely. I believe that through compensation of my 'stronger' muscles (left leg, anything other than my right leg), I've made the condition worse. I used to run 5 miles a day - ok, so I stopped for a few following grad school, but I've always been an athlete. At this point, i can't jog or run which is awefully frustrating having 3 kids under the age of 5 (I want to chase my 2 and 4 year old boys!). SO I made it a mission to research every possible 'alternate' therapy or treatment for my MS. Even if I can't bring my right lag back 100% (although I think I can), I want to mitigate this MS stuff as much as possible. I've never had a 2nd MS incident and I don't want to have another. I'm decided that clean eating is the way to go and I'm following a bit of a hybrid Swank Diet / Ivy's MS Diet / something a bit more extreme. I've cut out meat entirely and dairy 98%. I keep refined sugar to an absolute minimum and also choose gluten free, or at least 100% whole wheat whenever possible. Most of my diet, as of only 2 months ago, is now whole grains, fruit, vegetables, and seafood (yum!). Regardless of what this does for my right leg, I just know that this is the right lifestyle choice to make. I've always been a cook, who knew how tasty beans (which I rarely ate) and spices (versus sauces) could be - it actually tastes 'clean'! SO my questions actually does pertain to pilates. Now that I understand the effects of diet / nutrition on our health and have compeltely changed my diet, I am ready to tackle the issues with my right leg through exercise. Since I wasn't able to jog or run, I used the elliptical regularly, but I think I've come to the relization that these types of machines allow my left leg to continue to compensate for my right leg (my left leg is super strong, my right leg doesn't get any stronger). I just started pilates machine training 3 weeks ago with a 1 on 1 instructor and and I am all over this. I get that it's a core workout, but I also want to hope that by continuing pilates training, I can revive my right leg completely. I think I read somewhere in Ivy's story, or in your book that I bought, that at one point Ivy realized that her leg weakness was in her hip. I don't know if this was related to MS at all (was it?) but I just realized in pilates yesterday, that my right hip muscle is anything that I try to do with my right leg is pointless until I actually build up the hip muscle first. At least that's my theory and I think my pilates instructor agrees. I would just love to hear more about any rehabilitation that Ivy had to do for an MS incident (if even applicable) and regardless, would like to know if pilates sounds like the right exercise routine for me (given the issue with my right leg). Would love to hear back from Ivy! ( Love all that you guys are doing on this site, your books, your recipes, your workout videos. You're an inspiration - thank you!

Ivy Larson

Friday 6th of January 2012

Hi Christy!

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