We’re over halfway through January already, can you believe it? Fingers crossed you’re still holding on to the optimism that comes with the start of a brand new year despite the grim weather and the fact that pay day is still a way off. And how are you getting on with those resolutions to be healthier, have more ‘me time’ and take up a new hobby?
According to one study, 80% of new year’s resolutions fail by February. Depressing, eh? But if you made a resolution to take up Pilates and you keep going with it, then you are in for a treat! There are so many benefits to regularly practicing this wonderful form of exercise. Here are my top 3:
- Banish aches and pains
If you suffer from lower back pain or carry tension in your neck and shoulders, for example, Pilates can be highly effective in significantly reducing and, in many cases, eliminating these niggles altogether. Many aches and pains are the result of weak and / or tight muscles which create imbalances in the body. Pilates comprises a combination of strengthening and stretching exercises which even out those imbalances, improves your alignment and teaches you to be more self-aware of your posture.
- Build your self-confidence
The beauty of Pilates is that it’s not just beneficial for you physically; it can do wonders for your self-image and emotional wellbeing too. With regular practice, you’ll see improvements in how your body moves and you will be able to tackle increasingly more challenging exercises. Experiencing this progress is a great morale boost and will motivate you to continue to see what you are capable of. Furthermore, clients who are recovering from injuries have shared that because Pilates encompasses exercises for the body as a whole, they are reminded of what they can do rather than solely focussing on recovering their strength in the injured area. It’s amazing to see how this then creates positive momentum and makes them feel happier and more confident generally.
- Variety, variety, variety
If you’re anything like me, whenever I try to stick to a gym regime it doesn’t take long before I start getting a bit bored of the same old routine. After all, there’s not an awful lot you can do to vary things on an exercise bike, treadmill or rowing machine. However, with Pilates (and, in particular, equipment Pilates) it’s impossible to tire of it because there are over 500 exercises to choose from. I try hard to vary each session so no two are the same and clients say that this is one of their favourite things about their Pilates lessons with me. Within each lesson as well, you’ll do short bursts of exercises with each one focussing on a particular part of the body, including abs, legs, arms, hips and feet to name a few. This variety means you walk away from the studio feeling like you have had an all-over body workout.
So there you have it, my top 3 reasons why you should keep going with Pilates and be one of the 20% who keep their resolutions going beyond February. I’d love to hear from you what it is about Pilates that keeps you coming back for each lesson and I look forward to seeing you back in the studio very soon!