Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What can pilates do for you?

I came across a really interesting article about pilates that I'm excited to share with you because it spurred some deep thinking about my exercise habits. I have a weird take on formats like yoga and pilates... I love them in theory, but when I'm honest with myself I find them a little boring. I want to want to do them, but I generally need a little more pizzazz in my workout to stay engaged.
 
(Sidenote: when it comes to yoga, I've solved this dilemma... I go to Bikram yoga classes - 26 postures in a 95+ degree room - no time to get bored when you're sweating and pushing yourself for 90 minutes!)
 
Reading this article about pilates really made me think about the purpose of this kind of exercise. Here are the five core principles of pilates, according to author Annabel Fitzsimons:
 
Credit: Health Perch

I especially loved this infographic about pilates myths.

 
Credit: Health Perch

"Myth: You can lost significant weight with pilates." That one really stuck with me. Do you workout to lose weight or to be strong? I'm starting to realize that I like working out because I like to feel like an athlete, get stronger, and pushing my limits. After years of focusing on exercise as a means to weight loss, I developed a tendancy to gravitate toward activities where I'm sweating, panting, and at full cardio capacity. But, when I think about my current goals, I think I need to get over the idea that burning calories through cardio is the way to go. I probably need to do more strength training... and pilates could be the answer!

I think I'll try a few classes and see if I can find one that feels fast paced and keeps me on my toes... even though I want to do more of this kind of workout, I know I still need to find a class that feels fun and engaging. First stop: aerial pilates! I'll report back.
 

25 comments:

  1. I love pilates! Those infographics are awesome and so cute!

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  2. I love Pilates! As much as I like to run and do other upbeat workouts I always look forward to Pilates!

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  3. You might also like a bar class. My yoga studio just began offering one and everyone has said how KILLER it is. But still a low-impact, control-focused class.

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  4. i agree, pilates and yoga are great, but maybe not great for everyone! helpful infographics :)

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  5. Thanks, all! I am definitely thinking of trying a barre class, too. I'll report back once I've tried a few new things!

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  6. I like pilates and yoga. I do this in every morning. Especially in park where i get fresh air. Because it gets me very re freshness. I agree with your 5 core principle of pilates. I will definitely follow this principles. Thanks!

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  7. I think that Pilates is not only need for younger people but also need for older people. I always take care of my health. By reading your article, i got many tips about it. Thanks!!

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