Set your pilates intentions

It’s that time of year when good intentions are set. Along with your declarations to stress less and eat well, consider making  specific Positive Pilates Resolutions for 2017 for your Pilates practice. Need inspiration? We asked our instructors to suggest a few resolutions that can benefit pilates practitioners of any level.

#1 Commit to yourself

Dedicate 110 percent to yourself and getting the most of your pilates class. In the words of Joseph Pilates, ‘At times you may feel tempted to take a night off. Don’t succumb to this momentary weakness of indecision, or rather, wrong decision. Decide to remain true to yourself.’”  

#2 Find the time

We all have busy lives, but you do have the time to exercise – if you make time for it. How often did you check Facebook today? As an experiment, set a timer to keep track of how long you go on the Internet or watch television. If you stop thinking about exercise as an optional activity, you’ll find time.

#3 Book classes in advance

Booking a class on a regular day sets up a fitness schedule that will motivate you into the New Year. Make exercise something you look forward to as a treat for yourself rather than more unhealthy alternatives. Make a plan First, when will you exercise? Identify three days and times that are convenient for you and stick with those days so you are working out at the same time each week.  Take a look at our New Year pilates timetable.

#4 Buy a fitness tracker

If you’re serious about your health in 2017 fitness trackers can be a useful motivation tool (think Fitbit). A fitness tracker is the perfect way to monitor your daily activity levels easily and with accuracy. Fitness trackers can be a brilliant aid for motivation but the hard work and habit changing is still down to you.

#5 Read an inspirational book

What if you were handed a golden ticket that could magically start your life anew. Sometimes you need a little push in the right direction. Try an inspiring motivational book to boost your positivity. We love “Lifes Golden Ticket” by Brendon Burchard –  What if you were handed a golden ticket that could magically start your life anew? Read this classic inspirational parable from one of the top motivation and marketing trainers that will inspire anyone who has ever wished for a second chance in life.

#6 Learn to breathe

Joseph Pilates in his book Return to Life through Contrology said “Above all, learn to breathe correctly”. Take a deep breath into the sides and back of the body. Remember that your lungs sit inside your torso and your ribs can expand with each breath.

#7 Love pilates? So do we! Find an exercise YOU love

The best type of exercise is always the one you enjoy. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing – pick an exercise that works for you. Vary activities such as walking, cycling, running, swimming, dancing, yoga and pilates of course so you don’t get bored with one routine.

#8 Practice mindful meditation

Whether you have monkey mind or have lost a bit of self confidence pilates focuses your mind and body. ” Through the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning this unique trinity of a balanced body, mind and spirit can ever be attained. Self confidence follows.” as said by Joseph Pilates himself.

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