We all know how important the practice is in improving or learning something new, like a new language or how to play a musical instrument this is also true for Pilates. If you’d like to see good results, a change in your posture, or feel less back pain you don’t need limit yourself with your weekly Pilates classes.
Joseph Pilates wanted people to practice Pilates at least 4 times in a week and to encourage this, he wrote “Return to Life Through Contrology” to get everyone to practice Pilates at their home in their own time. This was well before the work out videos on Youtube or many workout DVD’s, yes, he was well ahead of his time!
I know practising four times a week is a serious commitment and may not be suitable for everyone as it requires a lot of time and financial commitment. If your schedule doesn’t allow you to attend 16 classes in a month (!), believe me there is still a lot to do!
So here are two simple tasks to practice and try anytime:
1. When you notice yourself leaning back on your seat: at work, in a restaurant or at home, engage with your abdominals and try to sit upright unsupported. This small amendment strengthens your core and improves your alignment. If you remember this and try it only 1 time a day you will start to feel a noticeable small improvement in your core, this is an important step forward!
2. Similarly, when you are cooking, dishwashing or standing in a queue, you can remember to stand tall with engaging your core and keeping a neutral pelvis and spine. This will release tension in your lower back.
These small and simple tasks can really help you have a healthier posture and strengthen your abdominals.
You don’t need to keep your Pilates learnings in the studio, I hope you can practice and apply these to your daily life in many ways!
I am sure many of you have heard of this famous quote of J. Pilates: “In 10 sessions, you feel better, 20 sessions you look better, 30 sessions you have a completely new body.”
I will be sharing two new tasks next week stay tuned!
I hope you find value in this and feel free to comment and ask questions about this and anything about PILATES!