One Healthy Pilates Instructor

Enjoy this interview with Erika Bloom of Erika Bloom Pilates Plus for tips on balancing a business, (Erika’s Pilates studios in and around NYC & the Hamptons) family, and a healthy life!White Collar – Season 41. How did you get into Pilates?

I began Pilates when I was a professional dancer. It was recommended by my doctors to help with dance-related injury. I immediately fell in love with it and got amazing results, both as a dancer and after I stopped performing. I continually find that Pilates is the answer as I go through different phases in my life: to keep my dancer’s body once I stopped dancing, to counter my scoliosis as I age, to prepare for and recover from having children. Year after year, I love it more and more.

2. What do you find is the best benefit of Pilates? Tell us some other benefits too!

Pilates is the most effective way to perfect posture. This is so important because we all look thinner, younger, and more beautiful with good posture; and good alignment makes the body feel better and keeps it injury free. Pilates is also so amazing because it creates both strength and flexibility. It works the muscles in a way that sculpts the body to be long and lean.

3. What is your favorite non-Pilates workout/activity?

I practice yoga, particularly the Pranayama and meditation portion, and I love how it complements Pilates. I also love swimming in the ocean with my kids, playing paddle ball on the beach, stand-up paddle boarding in Gardiner’s Bay by our house, and taking long bike rides through the Hamptons.

4. As a mother, business owner, wife, and Pilates instructor, how do you maintain balance in your life?

It’s hard! It’s important to learn to say ‘no’ to work demands. It’s also challenging but really imperative to be ‘off’ work when I’m not at work so that I can focus on my kids when I’m with them and not have my head in two places at once. I have to remind myself that the world isn’t going to end if I wait until I’m back in the office to get back to someone. I’m also very lucky that I have such an amazing team around me both at home and in the office and that the type of work I do makes it easy to take care of myself. A day at the office includes a Pilates session, massage, or acupuncture treatment!

5. Any great healthy tips for on-the-go’ers?

The best thing we can do for ourselves is to breathe! When you’re stressed, rushed, tired, hungry, out of balance, take some time to focus on slow, deep breaths. Calming your nervous system in this way, helping to bring it from sympathetic to parasympathetic, improves immunity, digestion, lowers blood pressure and stress hormones, and more. It’s so simple, but so amazingly effective.

6. What food items do you always keep in the house?

I always keep tons of fruit in the house. It’s an easy, healthy snack that also squashes sugar cravings. I love apples, blueberries, plums, and pears the most.

MP900387864I also always have organic turkey and Ezekiel bread for a quick, protein-rich lunch for the kids. Brown rice, quinoa, fresh veggies, miso soup, hard boiled eggs, Greek yogurt, and almond butter are always on hand as well.

7. What is your favorite indulgence? (can be edible or not!)

Getting regular blow outs for my hair is my indulgence. I don’t like the effort and time waste of doing my own hair. I love how it looks blown out and I love getting scalp massages, reading salon magazines, and multi-tasking by catching up on emails during the blow out. It feels like taking time out to get pampered every week!

8. How do you make health a priority in your family without going overboard?

I don’t think eating healthy and getting exercise has to be about restriction. Healthy food is delicious and physical activity is fun! We make it a part of every day with the spirit of enjoyment and I’m proud to be setting this kind of foundation for my kids’ healthy futures.

One Healthy Breakdown: Lots of exercise, produce, living in the moment with family, and weekly blow outs? Erika’s balanced lifestyle is one we can all strive for. Start with a deep breath now!

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