At A.H. Beard, we’re big believers in sleep being the third pillar of health alongside diet and exercise. We’re excited to team up with Kirsten King from Fluidform Pilates to provide a series of videos that stretch the body and help build functional movement. These videos can all be done at home with no equipment.
Check out the below morning stretches to get your day started the right way.
We chatted with Kirsten King about her expertise in Pilates and how our expertise in sleep can assist with her own sleep journey.
I spend a lot of time in the studio helping people to feel physically better. Sleep is a huge part of this and is so important for general recovery as well as rehabilitation from injury. I’m thrilled to be working with A.H. Beard to encourage people to prioritise sleep and help upgrade their sleep experience,” said Kirsten.
What is Pilates and how do you see it affecting your own sleep?
Pilates is a movement discipline that improves physical alignment and posture and with dedication creates both mental and physical strength. I believe giving the body a chance to experience considered and supportive movement as well as regular stretching means the body is primed for better and deeper sleep.
What’s your sleep like and what do you hope to learn through partnering with A.H. Beard?
I’ve always been someone who falls to sleep quickly and easily, and I keep a regular early bedtime and generally get up at 5am to be at the studio for 6am. But my night can often be broken by an overactive mind that wakes me up and keeps me awake.
What tips have you found helpful to help combat your broken sleep?
Over the years I’ve found that building mediation into my daily life helps reduce the chance of this happening. I keep a pen and paper besides my bed so if I do wake up, I try and write down all the thoughts keeping me awake to clear them out. And the most important thing is to not pick up my phone when I wake up!
This afternoon routine will help you relax and unwind.