Our breath can have a profoundly positive impact on our bodies. Conscious, aware breathing can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, improve focus and concentration, increase energy levels, lead to faster recovery from fatigue. I could go on!
Fitness is much more than exercise.
It’s a lifestyle. And in this, we are all a work in progress.
Pilates equipment was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900’s. In current times there are many companies manufacturing Pilates equipment, with designs that have evolved to make the equipment more versatile and adjustable to address varied needs.
When deciding on your Pilates equipment, whether it is a single piece or a wider range, it would be worthwhile to discuss your requirements with an experienced professional who will be able to guide you to make the best choices keeping in mind the four main considerations (functionality, space, cost, and look).
Consider what your focus is when working out. Do you want to just get it over with? Do you keep pushing your workouts down on your to-do list? Are your workouts about catching up with friends?
Or, do you look forward to your workouts as a time to energise, re-charge and feel strong? And, if those are your goals, do you feel that you achieve them?
Of course, a well-chosen customised fitness program will also lead to you feeling energised – emotionally, mentally and physically. Keeping one entertained however, is really not the purpose of a workout!
So, you may need to re-evaluate the reason/s for the boredom or monotony you are experiencing in your workouts.
When choosing an exercise program or workout to participate in, the important considerations should be – goals, suitability and safety of the workouts specific to YOU.
Consider what your reasons for starting a fitness programme are – keeping in mind factors such as your lifestyle, current health, and fitness levels. Is there a specific goal you want to achieve – do you want to run, cycle, play a sport or are you planning an activity-based holiday?
The goals and reasons for exercising are definitely changing. Exercising to lose weight and look good is still an important goal, but not the only focus for women, across age-groups.
Being strong, sculpted and toned are some of the current fitness goals for women.
Movement allows us to be strong, powerful, and efficient; enabling us to lead active lives to the best of our abilities.
The simplest movement done with strength and fluidity is amazing to behold.
Quality of a movement is what matters; not just getting there.
Consistency is really the key starting point to achieving results in your exercise program; in anything in life actually! After all, no work-out is going to give you results if you don’t actually do it.
In this new and changed social environment it has become more imperative for us to ensure that we stay safe while working towards staying fit and healthy, both in mind and body.
At the Studio my team and I have always been particular in ensuring a clean, healthful and safe workout environment. With the current scenario, we have stepped it up even further.
I believe that Pilates as a training method is very inclusive; embracing all other systems of exercise, sport and movement.