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Post-Pilates Snack Ideas

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Photo by Cecilia Par on Unsplash

You know the feeling – you’ve just had a great workout with your favorite Pilates X instructor and now you’re starving!

Instead of running through the drive-through to pick up something that might not agree with you later, having snacks on hand in the car or ready to go at home or the office is a great way to stay on track with your nutrition and give your body the fuel it needs to keep going throughout the day. Need some ideas or feel like you’re stuck in a snack rut? We’ve got some post-Pilates snack ideas for you:

Smoothies – When you’re hungry but don’t really know what you’re in the mood for, a smoothie is a nutrient-dense option that can easily be customized for your needs. Throw in some fruit, protein-packed yogurt, protein powder, chia seeds and a splash of nut milk and you’re good to go!

Banana + Almond Butter – Have a sweet tooth after your Pilates class? A banana with a drizzle of nut butter is filling and gives you some energy to make it to your next meal. Another option is apple slices with peanut or cashew butter!

Protein-Packed Bistro Box – If you’re in a hurry, most stores and coffee shops sell a bistro-style box you can eat on the go. Save money and time by assembling yours at home and packing it for the road! Once you’re finished with class, enjoy a hard-boiled egg, piece of cheese and a serving of almonds to refuel and energize.

Hummus + Veggies – Hummus is delicious and there are so many different options found at our neighbor, Trader Joe’s! Pop in for some fresh veggie sticks – bell pepper, carrots, and celery just to name a few – to pair with hummus for your post-Pilates snack.

Want to schedule in a session at Pilates X? Visit us and check out our Long Beach Pilates studio!

4 Simple Ways to Unwind at Night

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It’s the end of a long day – you’ve had so much on your plate that all you want to do is get home to relax and unwind.

The only trouble is once you attempt to sit down and relax there’s a tidal wave of thoughts running through your mind. Things you didn’t finish today, the mountain of tasks already on your list for tomorrow – it’s never-ending!

How to Unwind at Night

Stress and anxiety is pretty much a facet of life now but it doesn’t have to take over. Here are four simple ideas you can implement into your daily routine that will help you unwind at night:

Exercise – Is it too hard to exercise in the morning? An evening workout relieves built-up stress and tension within the body. Pilates is wonderful for physical health as well as mental health (you get an hour to tune out those outside distractions!), making it beneficial inside the studio and throughout the rest of your day.

Be mindful – You spend all day problem-solving and getting things done. Even if it’s 10 minutes a day, spend time before bed to just be. Listen to your breath, enjoy a meditation podcast or just spend time outside enjoying fresh air without your phone or other distractions.

Take a warm shower – Before bed, hop into the tub or shower for a good, warm soak. Warm showers and baths have been proven to relax muscles and relieve stress, making them perfect before settling into bed.

Plan self-care time – Everything else is added to your calendar, why not schedule in some self-care time? Block out an amount of time you feel comfortable with in your calendar so you can stretch, meditate or just commit to hitting your favorite Pilates class!

Want to schedule in a session at Pilates X? Visit us and check out our Long Beach Pilates studio!