ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BODYBALANCE
By Emma Hogan
A motivating blend of Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates, BODYBALANCE will improve your mind, your body and your life.
WHY DOES BODYBALANCE WORK?
BODYBALANCE™ features a scientifically-backed combination of simple yoga moves, with some elements of Tai Chi and Pilates. The moves are carefully curated to strengthen your entire body and increase flexibility, and it’s all set to the perfect music to unwind to – so it’s easy to forget that you’re challenging your body and changing it for the better.
HOW MANY CALORIES DO YOU BURN DOING BODYBALANCE?
During BODYBALANCE the focus is on improving functional core strength, enhancing joint mobility and creating a sense of wellbeing and calm, not calorie-burn. So we suggest you forget about burning calories and instead embrace the increased flexibility, improved strength and reduced stress that BODYBALANCE brings.
WHAT EXERCISES DO YOU DO DURING BODYBALANCE?
BODYBALANCE classes begin with a Tai Chi-inspired warm up, where a focus on breathing sets you up for what is to come – an invigorating series of sun salutations, warrior sequences, hip openers, twists, and some Pilates-inspired core training. The workout closes with a period of relaxation.
DOES BODYBALANCE REALLY GET RESULTS?
Whether you want to build physical or mental strength, BODYBALANCE will make it happen. In a study from Roehampton University in the UK, scientists showed that BODYBALANCE can help reduce body fat, increase back strength, improve flexibility and ease anxiety. BODYBALANCE has also been shown to drive significant improvements in balance and gait speed, which is a great indicator of increased vitality. Most recently, a new study has revealed just 30 minutes of BODYBALANCE prior to bed can improve sleep, boost positive feelings, and enhance recovery from mental as well as physical stress.
HOW EXPERIENCED DO YOU NEED TO BE?
Not at all! If you haven’t tried yoga before then BODYBALANCE is a great introduction. Follow your instructor and they will show you all of the appropriate options – don’t worry about what others are doing, just do what feels good for you. When you’re just starting out it’s a good idea to just do the first three or four tracks. And commit to a few sessions from the start, as it can take a few classes to feel comfortable with all of the moves.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU DO BODYBALANCE?
Just one workout a week is all it will take for you to start enjoying the benefits of BODYBALANCE. If you’re able to make time for workouts a week you’ll see the physical and mental benefits really shine.
WHAT DO YOU NEED FOR A BODYBALANCE WORKOUT?
You don’t need any equipment for BODYBALANCE. But if you want to use a yoga mat you can. The MBX MAT™ is ideal as it is soft, stable and supportive so you can flow through all the poses with ease. You also don’t need any shoes. Simply wear comfortable workout clothes, and ideally have something warm to put on during the final relaxation track.
CAN YOU DO BODYBALANCE WHILE PREGNANT?
If you’re pregnant, regular BODYBALANCE sessions can be great for helping maintain core control and muscle balance. But before you begin we recommend talking with your doctor or midwife who will advise you appropriately, as they have the best knowledge of your medical history. If you’re doing a live class, it’s also a good idea to let your instructor know you’re pregnant so they can suggest some modifications for you throughout the class.
BODYBALANCE classes take place three times a week at Exeter Golf and Country Club.