If you are like the general population you probably have heard of different fitness class crazes. There’s Pilates, Yoga, Zumba, PiYo, Cize, Spin, Barre, Cross-fit and so many more different options to stay fit. What works for you might not work for the person next to you, but it is important that you do your research about what each method is and how they can help you achieve your goals. The truth is, as long as you are staying active and doing something that you like it doesn’t matter which option you choose.
I have been a fitness junkie for as long as I can remember. My younger years were spent in an ice rink and dance studio, so fitness has been my way of life. When I graduated from high school and entered the world of college I needed to find a way to keep my active lifestyle, without the rigorous schedule of skating and dance that kept me fit previously. I tried spin, Zumba, Barre, Yoga, Pilates, you name it! If there was a fitness class that fit into my schedule I was there! I loved it all.
Today I am a certified Pilates instructor and I love it. I teach a wide range of clients with all different abilities. I pride myself on my ability to challenge the advanced clients, while also delivering a safe class for any level. I believe that fitness is for everyone, no matter your age or size. We can all work on being a healthier and more mobile version of ourselves. There is nothing like the bonds of fitness to bring a group of people together, even if they have nothing else in common.
My favorite classes contain a mix of abilities, ages, perspectives and temperaments. We can all learn from each other, myself included. Some days I have high schoolers and eighty year olds in the same class, all laughing and working hard under the same roof. These people have nothing else in common other than their Pilates class, but I can guarantee that if they saw each other at the grocery store they would say hello, and likely comment about how sore they were from their class earlier.
We can all say that there aren’t enough hours in the day to get all of the things we have to do finished. It is easy to skip a workout, using an excuse similar to the one just mentioned. I have done it, we all have done it. Does that really help us though? Research has shown time and time again that exercise (of all types) is a great stress reliever. And that those who exercise regularly are often more productive, even if it means taking time out of the day to participate. The blood flow and mental break that happens when one is working out is worth the time taken to do so. I don’t care if you love or hate Pilates, that is just one of the types of exercise that I practice on a weekly basis. I challenge you to find what moves you. Find what you enjoy doing and dedicate enough time to it to make a positive difference in your life, both physically and mentally. Invest in yourself, find what moves you and do it daily.