5 Pilates Moves to Help You Get Younger

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Pilates is not only a great way to tone the body, but also helps to reduce stress, combat fatigue and improve mental focus and circulation. Doing just a few Pilates mat exercises a day will rejuvenate you both physically and mentally – helping you to look and feel younger. These 5 Pilates moves from leading Pilates trainer Debi Monahan can be done anywhere – at home, at the office, even while you travel.

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1. The Roll-Up

Stregthen your spine and abs with this posture-improving move. Start by lying on your back and extend your body into a full stretch with your arms extended over your head and your legs straight and squeezed together. Inhale, drawing in your abs, and lift your arms toward the ceiling. Continue the movement forward, and as your arms pass over your chest, begin to roll up vertebra by vertabra, using your core muscles. Try to lift up our of your hips and over your thights as you pass through a sitting position. Exhale as you stretch forward, keeping your navel pulled back toward your spine and your fingers reaching toward your toes. Then reverse out of the posture by inhaling and rolling back down as slowly as you came up, keeping your abs engaged and your tailbone curled under.  Repeat 3 to 5 times.

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2. The Hundred

This ab and breathing exercise helps to increase circulation and warm up the body. Start by lying on your back with your knees and hips bent at a 90-degree angle and your arms resting on the mat beside you. Exhale, draw in your abs, and lift your upper spine slightly off the mat while reaching your arms forward. Straighten and extend your legs to a 45 to 60-degree angle. Begin pumping your arms straight down and then up on each count for a total of 5 counts, inhaling for the duration of 5 and exhaling for 5, reaching forward as you breathe. Maintain this position, pumping your arms and breathing for 100 counts (or as long as good form can be maintained).

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3. Single Leg Stretch

Lie on your back with your head and shoulders off the mat, chin toward your chest with your inside hand on your knee and your outside hand on your ankle, elbows extended. The straight leg should be extended in front of you at a height that allows your back to remain flat on the mat. Inhale as you being to bend your straight leg and straighten your bent leg. Exhale as you complete the switch. Your hands switch to the opposite knee and ankle. Maintain core stability while executing, with your abs drawn in and your spine pressed into the mat. Repeat the sequence 5 times on each leg for a total of 10 times.

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4. Criss Cross

This sit-up exercise will work your obliques, waistline and core. Start by lying on your back with your head and shoulders lifted off the mat, knees bent into your chest and hands behind your head, elbows wide. Exhale. Straighten one leg while simultaneously rotating your upper body toward the opposite bent knee. Inhale as you being to switch legs while your upper torso rotates back to center. While switching legs, rotate your trunk toward the opposite side and exhale as you fully straighten one leg and bend the other. Complete 5 to 10 sets.

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5. Leg Pull

Start this ab, arm, legs and buttocks-strenghtening exercise in a push-up position. Squeeze your buttocks and concentrate on using your abs to stabilize your lower body. (Your body should be in one straight line from the top of the head to your heels.) Inhaling, raise one leg toward the ceiling, squeezing the buttocks. Do not lift your hip when lifting your leg. Exhaling, lower your leg back to the mat. Inhaling, raise the opposite leg. Exhaling, lower that leg back down, always keeping your abs engaged and pelvis lifted to prevent your lower back from arching.

For more detailed step-by-step instructions and modifications to these Pilates exercises, pick up a copy of YOUNGER: The Breakthrough Anti-Aging Method for Radiant Skin.

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Our Guide to Getting Bikini Ready


Memorial Day weekend is almost here, and you know what that means: the unofficial start of summer and the onset of swimsuit season! We put together our ultimate guide to getting bikini ready, so that you can greet the season with a full-body Lancer glow.

If you want to look truly lit from within, you have to start from the inside out. We recommend having a green drink for breakfast each morning to deliver a serious dose of nutrients to your skin. This will help to keep your skin hydrated and healthy while you shed toxins (and possibly pounds). This simple and delicious Lemon-Lime Coconut Refresher is a favorite amongst everyone in our office. To make it, blend the following ingredients together until smooth:

1 whole orange (peeled)
1 whole lime (peeled)
1 whole lemon (peeled)
1 large handful of chopped kale
1 handful of fresh coconut meat
1 scoop of ice
1 cup – 1/2 cup coconut water
All ingredients should be organic when possible, and to further cut down on bloat, stay away from sugar and salt at all times.

Whether you’re already a Lancer Method devotee or are just starting out, be sure to stick to our Polish, Cleanse, Nourish system, which swimwear designer Melissa Odabash swears by.  “I saw results within a week of using the Lancer 3-step Method, which left my skin feeling smoother and rejuvenated – a must-have for a glowing beach-beautiful complexion,” she wrote on her blog. But during swimsuit season, it’s crucial to add a fourth step – full-body exfoliation. You can make an easy at-home scrub by mixing one part grapeseed or avocado oil with two parts white table sugar. This mixture is gentle enough to use everyday and will help to increase circulation, slough off dead skin cells and reduce the appearance of cellulite. In July, we’ll be unveiling the Lancer Body Method for those of you who want a professional grade product for at-home use. (Stay tuned for the launch!)

Of course, sun protection is of the utmost importance during bikini season. Be sure to apply our Sheer Fluid Sun Shield every two hours (or more if you’re swimming or perspiring), wear a sun hat to protect your face and stay in the shade as much as possible.

If you do happen to get singed by the sun, take two 325mg enteric coated aspirin twice daily for two days after your exposure and slather grapeseed oil over the area. Sun exposure can also be helped with the use of our Lift Serum. The plant-based stem cells in the formula help repair damaged skin cells and speed up the healing process. To lock extra moisture into the skin, use a fine mist of purified water between products. This works a little bit like mayo on a sandwich, allowing the products to stick together. And of course, don’t forget to Nourish, Nourish, Nourish!

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