Everybody’s motivation to exercise is different. This is a wonderful account of what Pilates meant to one woman on her journey with breast cancer, and how small things can make a big difference.
Pilates isn’t just about what you learn in classes – its fundamentals can be applied to everyday situations, where ever you are and what ever you’re doing.
By taking what you learn out of the studio, the benefits of pilates can be felt for longer. Take gardening for instance. Recently a client who hadn’t thought of using her core to support her back when gardening was disappointed at the end of the day when her back was sore. Engaging the core before lifting, bending, twisting or digging helps support the back as it moves, reducing the risk of pain. That principle can just as easily be applied to movements such as picking up a child, a shopping bag, or a suitcase or getting in and out of the car.
Throughout the day it’s easy for shoulders to hunch which can cause shoulder and neck tension and lead to discomfort. By remembering to keep shoulders relaxed and actively keeping your shoulders down your back (think about putting them in your back pockets) you can reduce muscle tightness and tension in your neck and shoulders, improving posture and helping you stand taller. A strong, engaged core and good upper body posture go a long way to supporting the rest of our body as we go about everyday tasks. But it’s not just every day tasks that benefit from applying what you learn in a Pilates class – sporting performance can also be improved. A stronger, better balanced body is a more efficient body – the benefits are endless. What’s your motivation to learn Pilates?