At the end of my Pilates routine, I transition between standing for pushups and lying on my back for various ab exercises. (In Pilates, you start pushups from standing, bend over from your waist, and walk your body forward to a standard pushup position.) What are some correct methods to transition from lying on your back to standing up and vice versa?
For a while I would lean over to one side, push off with my left arm until I got to a certain height, then lift up with my legs. This was eventually making my left elbow sore though. Now I do the following to stand up from lying down:
- sit up from lying down to a cross-legged position
- lean forward and put my arms out in front of me
- raise myself up by pushing off with my legs
- and finally uncross my legs once I'm standing
I reverse the process to get down. Is this a "correct" (i.e., safe for my knees, back, etc.) method? Are there other methods I can try?