It’s not too early to be prepared!!!
Its now December, and so the busiest month of the year is under way. But why not take time out and think about next year, and what you want from it?
I know the dreaded ‘C’ word is just round the corner, but then we will be turning our thoughts round to ‘New Year’s Resolutions’. Again it might seem early to be thinking of them, but how much different will be in a few weeks? Probably not very! So, before the rush and hubbub of Christmas, take stock now of your life and see where you want to be THIS TIME NEXT YEAR.
What does ‘resolution mean…? Resolve: to come to a definite or earnest decision about; determine to do something (dictionary.com)
The above definition is powerful, and it says nothing about the first of the year. Not that New Year isn’t a good time to make a resolution, it is, but new resolutions can be made anytime. So, start to think of them now so you can be ready to refresh your commitment to your health and wellness goals, and think about your Pilates practice for 2011…
1. Commit to Regular Pilates
You’ve heard it before, but it’s worth repeating: To get real benefit out of an exercise program you have to do it regularly. Joseph Pilates put it this way: “If you will faithfully perform your contrology [Pilates] exercises regularly only four times a week for just three months,…, you will find your body development approaching the ideal, accompanied by renewed mental vigor and spiritual enhancement.” How is that for inspiration? Decide right now to make Pilates a consistent part of your life – even out of class!!. Here are some tips to get you started:
2. Get the Equipment You Need
Pilates isn’t very complicated as far as equipment goes. As you know we always use a mat, some form of simple equipment (most of which can be found lying around the home). How about these cheap and available ideas if you don’t have the equipment we use in class:
- Small ball – a toddler size football will do just as well. Get one that is soft and squishy.
- Exercise Band – how about a pair of tights? The ones with a high Lycra content are good. So if you have laddered your tights, just save them and use just like the exercise bands. They are long enough and should be strong enough.
- Hand weights – we have probably got a dusty pair in the attic or garage, but what about a pair of ‘pop sox’ filled with rice? The ends can be tied together so you can hold them in your hands. Just make sure the rice won’t fall out!
- Pilates circle – this is a bit tricky, but with some imagination can be replaced by the ball and the pair of tights.
- Vary your routine – a few simple moves throughout the week will enhance your practice and get you the body you want a whole lot quicker.
“The acquirement and enjoyment of physical well-being mental calm, and spiritual peace are priceless to their possessors….[and] it is only through Contrology that this unique trinity of a balanced body, mind, and spirit can ever be attained.” Joseph Pilates, Return to Life Through Contrology
3. Work at your own level, but move on when things get easy…
If you are a beginner, then all you have to do is get started, but if you have been doing Pilates for a while, you need to keep your workouts challenging and interesting. Take a moment to think about what you have yet to explore in Pilates and resolve to make it happen.
It may be a simple as taking ten minutes of your day to add some Pilates:
- At work – when on the ‘phone why not sit tall (on your sitting bones), and hold your tummy in for the duration of the conversation? Or when at the photocopier again stand tall and draw your tummy in.
- At home: add two Pilates moves to a routine – perhaps you want your bottom toning – shoulder bring and side lying kicks will do this very nicely.
4. Create Your Fitness Community
Keep motivated by knowing that the efforts you make will show results. Pilates is not an ‘overnight’ wonder, but a form of movement that needs exact and precise movements – always think of quality not quantity…
“A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence are worth hours of doing sloppy callisthenics or forced contortion.” – Joseph Pilates, Return to Life Through Contrology