When we think of fitness, we tend to envision workouts and diets, and forget about the direct correlation between our bodies and our minds. Having a healthy relationship with our thoughts and patterns is a fundamental step towards cultivating a healthier and sustainable lifestyle.
Like many people, I believed the only way to achieve "real results" was through an unbalanced dose of high-intensity cardio. I would work out for hours at a time, yet feel fatigued, unrestored, and unsupported. I was having aches and pains after such high cardiovascular output, which didn't make any sense. I began to realize that my unstructured workouts were leaving me feeling depleted and exhausted. I wasn't intuitively tuning in to my body, and it remained stressed + inflamed.
I tried my first Pilates class as an attempt to diversify my physical training. I was quickly hooked, and my aches and pains disappeared after the first few classes. After that moment, I knew Pilates would remain a devout discipline in my life. But I knew I needed to work on my mindset around fitness and exercise.
Did I want to work out to feel toned, healthy and lean? YES! Absolutely. However, my workout time was limited, and I desired maximum effectiveness from minimum input. I was looking for toning, strength, alignment, mobility, core strength, flexibility, a lean body, and mental de-stress... and PILATES delivered.
Pilates became my regular fitness routine on a weekly, sometimes daily basis. I was blown away at the transformation that my tired body was undergoing. I strengthened and toned my body without overtraining at the gym, and the mental side effects were even more restorative. After classes, I was rejuvenated, felt more focused, and I had a greater sense of body awareness and confidence.
Pilates is a method, not just a random assortment of exercises to make you work. Many people don't know that there are 10 principles that every good Pilates workout should include:
The ten principles:
Remember to take care of yourself!