I love Pilates. Once you learn the movements, you can do Mat Work anywhere. Bedroom floor, back yard, hotel room. I consider that it saved my life.
I’m convinced that I developed bursitis in my hips from an often-prescribed medication. I won’t name it, in case Big Pharma starts poking into my life. Let’s just say most cardio docs want you to take it. I can’t prove that it happened, but it coincidentally occurred right after I began taking it. I stopped the prescription quite a few years ago. The constant pain in my muscles and joints was not worth the small risk of not taking it. I had to stop exercising because of the pain.
And then I discovered Pilates. The manager of fitness programs at our rec center suggested I try it. The teacher was phenomenal and taught the Classical version. When I began the lessons, it was hard work. I was still on the drug and didn’t have a lot of muscle strength. I still had pain. Some in-depth research made me stop the meds and within three months, everything changed. Sure, I adapted to the routine, but the biggest gain was no more pain.
I love Pilates.
It’s been eight years since I first laid down on a mat and stuck my legs in the air. (Yep, most movements are like that.) You will hear that Pilates is all about core strength. They are not kidding. I am often amazed how much I now have. Why core strength? You might think it’s all about the abs. That is part of it, but it is so much more. From your neck to your knees, everything is connected and has the most impact on your daily life. Getting up out of a chair takes core strength. Good balance requires core strength. Lifting your arms in the air requires strength in your shoulder girdle. Without it, you might become one of those rounded-shoulder, shuffling elderly that we too often see.
Going to a class is fun. Since you are laying down most of the time, you can’t really see what anyone else is doing so there isn’t much competition. However, it is really impressive when you see someone do the inversions so effortlessly. You can do it by yourself. You can do it with a friend. (Sounds dirty, but it’s not.) You can do it however often you want. I try to do a short routine every night before bed. It helps to “untwist” me, so to speak, from my day. You don’t get all sweaty and cardio so it doesn’t affect your sleep.
A whole lotta Pilates is really good for you in every which way. Anyone up for the “Hundred”?
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Good for you!!! I am so impressed with anyone that does Pilates consistently. I have thought about yoga and Pilates. I have tried a few times but I have to admit I just never kept it up. I have found as I get older I need to work on my balance. I am going to start no matter on what level. Thank you for the inspiration. 🌸
Keeping up with it has everything to do with the teacher and the style. There are different flavors to Pilates and I like Classical. My first teacher was awesome! She focused on form and how to modify if you had issues. She periodically worked on different muscle groups and what they do for you. I couldn’t wait to go to her class. I’ve had several different teachers in the last few years; some good, some okay. I quit going a month ago because I don’t like the new teacher or the style. I does make a difference. Yoga is not my thing – I’m not very bendable. lol
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