Last week a group of ladies at the studio were discussing why they absolutely hated exercise. It was a big enough group of them that agreed that I thought it would be a fantastic topic that many of you could relate to.
As a group they decided that their hatred of exercise actually stemmed from bad experiences in childhood. Remember those wonderful fitness tests they had us perform?
Pushups. No time limit. Maximum continuous reps.
10m Shuttle Run
Situps No time limit. Maximum continuous reps.
Standing Long Jump
Flexed-arm hang for time.
I actually hadn’t given this much thought until I started looking at it from their perspective. The overwhelming majority said that these tests left them feeling inadequate, weak and despising the time of year when testing happened again. Regardless of their reasons, all of these people were not athletes growing up. They simply had other interests and remained active outside of school phys ed class (back then we were all active whether it was household chores or simply playing outside). Organized fitness left them with a bad taste in their mouth.
To them, the world of fitness and exercise has become just like the old testing in phys ed. Like it’s a competition with everyone else in the room. It leaves them feeling exhausted, sore and inadequate. They love to walk but don’t want the intensity of a Bootcamp or an aerobics class. They want to move better but not feel like they’re killing themselves in the process.
This is why they love Pilates.
Pilates doesn’t care what size you wear. Pilates doesn’t care what your fitness level is when you start. It doesn’t care that you’ve had a c-section , have bad knees or a bad back. Pilates doesn’t care about your coordination, speed or agility. Pilates just cares that you move so you can feel good in your body! Pilates takes you as you are on any given day and lets you work from exactly where you are. No judgements. No competition. It leaves you feeling energized, strong, mobile and capable.
Exercise should make you feel good. It should bring you joy and create a positive cascade through the rest of your life. If you find yourself saying that you “have to” exercise and usually not following through or hating every minute of it, then maybe you haven’t yet found what your body loves to do. It doesn’t matter what the internet, some trainer, a friend, or a co-worker is doing. It only matters what you like, what makes you feel good and what makes you smile and feel fulfilled. Experiment and try something different. Your body will thank you for it.
In fact, if any of the above sounds like you, come try Pilates! Our next Foundations class starts on January 14. 6 weeks of two times a week just to try it out and see how you feel when you’re done.
As Joseph Pilates himself said:
“You will feel better in ten sessions, look better in twenty sessions, and have a completely new body in thirty sessions.“
Come see why people love to start moving more once they start a Pilates practice!