So it’s February! How are you doing with your fitness and weight-loss goals? Over 80% of people who set New Years goals to lose weight or to get back in the gym have already given up or completely frustrated and bored with the gym. Muscles have memory and when you do the same exercises over and over without challenging them, they reach a plateau. Finding other ways to change the way your body moves, balances, gains flexibility, and more fluidity is just a few ways to challenge the body and the muscles to work differently than they normally would.
You don’t have to become a gym rat to be healthy and strong. Changing up your workout also makes your mind have to work as well. As with Pilates, Yoga, and Chi Gong, the mind becomes part of the practice and exercise. You challenge the mind to work the muscles, in the mean time you build body-awareness and a mind-body connection.
Joseph Pilates, founder and inventor of Pilates said, “in 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 you’ll see the difference, and in 30 sessions you’ll have a completely different body.” As a Pilates instructor for over 9 years now, I’ve seen my body change and heal as well as hundreds of my clients that can attest to how incorporating Pilates into their everyday or weekly workouts have changed their posture, balance, flexibility, muscle tone, core strength, and decreased their pain levels from injuries and chronic illness. Want that long lean body, with a slender waistline and great muscle tone? Pilates is how you can attain it!Best thing about Pilates is, it can be done anywhere, in a studio, a gym, a hotel, in your own home,or even on the beach.
I teach on the beaches of Maryland and Delaware during the summer months. There’s nothing like taking a class first thing in the mornings, with your toes in the sand, as the sun has just begun to rise, and listening to the waves crash on the beach. You get the movement with the serenity all in one package! I’ve had a lot of my clients ask me how they can get “me” back to the city with them or they wish I could travel to be closer to them during the winter months. If only it was that easy, right? So this fall we decided to bring the beach to everyone that can’t be near one, whether it’s because you live in the middle of the country, you’re back in the city till summer returns, or maybe you’re stuck in “Snowmageddon” every winter! 😦
We’ve released our first Beach Pilates Pilates Mat Workout DVD so now you can work out on the beach right in the comfort of your own home! So exciting right?! Class is for beginner to intermediate levels. Modifications have been added to decrease or intensify your workout. You can do the entire class, or if you only have 15-20 minutes and want to get some movement in, the warm up series will get you warmed up and the blood pumping. Want to find out more information about it? Check out one of our sites Farm Foodie Fitness or Beach Pilates and Wellness. You can also grab one there too! Here’s to a year of health and happiness. I hope everyone’s ambitions and future goals are well on their way to being accomplished!!