Lately I have been hearing how people want to try pilates, but they don’t have the funds. Or, I am too old to start a new exercise program, I am not flexible enough. To me these are all excuses.
Lets look at the first excuse… I don’t have the money to invest in my own body, is what that translates to me. Humans, more than ever, are looking for that magical pill or the quickest and easiest way to get their body into shape. The truth of the matter is, it takes work to feel good on the inside. It takes work to have your body look the way you want it to and it takes work to maintain your endurance and flexibility.
You have to want to work at it and save the funds needed. Maybe you don’t need the magazine, Starbucks and gum. Purchasing that everyday for a week, adds up to the cost of 1 private lesson per week. Imagine what your body would feel like after just one lesson per week?!
Then we have the, “I’m too old”. That flat out says “I am too lazy and I can not change”. The best part is that you can change and you can become less sedentary. Pilates is one of the only forms of exercise you can do until you are 105! The apparatus will allow you to move even if you have no limbs, at that point. It is a fact that the less flexible a person is the higher the risk for heart attack and blood clotting! Who wants that?? It would be great if everyone was on some kind of exercise regime, whether it be Pilates or not. Joe Pilates can be quoted saying, ” Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.” wouldn’t you agree?
Another fact is that exercise reduces depression, stress and lethargy.
Unfortunately, depression affects 19 million Americans some of which do not seek medical attention. Now, I am not saying Pilates can cure this illness but I am saying pilates can benefit these individuals. Why? First and foremost exercise of any kind releases endorphins and creates an overall sense of “well-being”. That short walk in the morning can be a big deal to someone suffering from depression. I have taught individuals like this and they ALL can say since they have started Pilates, they do not feel as “sad” as before.
Stress is a word we all use and sometimes too much. Seems like anything can stress people out these days. The feeling of being “stressed out” usually occurs in our heads as we try to filter all of our thoughts and file them somewhere so to deal with them later. Stress also affects our bodies, like stomach ulcers, rounded shoulders, back pain, stress induced eating… I could go on but I am sure you get the point. Practicing Pilates is stress free and reduces the stress if you suffer from it. Because Pilates requires Concentration, one does not have time to be worrying about whatever else is going on. During your lesson is your time to shine, work your body focus on you and let the stress melt away.
The feeling of being lethargic is another one most humans use as an excuse. An interesting fact about that one is that Pilates increases your energy level and puts a kick in your step! I dare anyone to take the PIlates challenge and test if all I say is true!
“In 10 lessons you will feel better, in 20 you will look better and in 30 you will have a new body.” – Joe Pilates (This statement is true if you are practicing 3-4 times/week with private lessons)