Hiking in Beachwood Canyon with Good Pilates Form: Finding Center First, no matter what exercise I am about to go do, be it hiking, swimming or dancing, I make
sure I am present in my body. I head to The Mat to do the Classical Beginner’s Mat Workout. It takes 5 – 10 minutes and it properly warms up my muscles and helps
me find my center so that I am stretched and relaxed and can stand with good posture. It also re-centers my mind and helps me transition from whatever I was just
doing into my body and that helps me get the maximum enjoyment out of the hike. Here is the list of exercises for the Beginner Workout: The Hundred, The Roll Up,
Balancing/Rolling Like a Ball, Series of 2 and Spine Stretch Forward.