Our bodies were built to move, that’s why finding activities that keep you moving and coming back for more is so important. Zumba, tap dancing, brisk walking, tennis and skiing, are all exercises that keep me coming back for more. But to keep my body toned, as well as my mind and spirit engaged, the answer for me is Pilates. Developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s, Pilates builds body strength and flexibility, key to balance and fluid motion throughout one’s life.
What I love about Pilates is that it allows you to work with the flow of your body, not against it. As a result there is less strain overall, and complete balance within. You’ll find that as you continue on a Pilates program, your muscles will be lean and toned, your posture will be more aligned and your awareness sharpened. You’ll just function better, guaranteed. Oh and did I mention flat abs?
You can practice Pilates with machines or on a mat, but the basic tenents are the same, working on core strength through centering, concentration, control, precision and breath.
I just came from a class this morning and I just feel more alive, stronger, more flexible, stretched both physically and mentally.
Simply put, if you practice Pilates regularly your body will change. In a month you’ll see a difference, in three months a more intense transformation. You will have more energy, and it will keep you coming back for more.
Buona Salute! To Your Health~