After sitting all day stretching seems like a necessity for flexibility and relaxation but is it really?
I keep thinking a lot about whether I need to add extra stretching exercises to my classes when my clients often say they want to be more flexible so I decided to do some research into this to make my mind up and hopefully give you a clear update on the topic!
I have been taught to stretch after every exercise session since I was 7 years old to increase my mobility and flexibility and I love stretching! Not just that, if I look at my cat I can see her benefiting from stretching and it is almost one of the most natural instincts in every species!
When I started my Pilates training everything changed, as my school strictly emphasized that no one needs to stretch unless you are a professional dancer who is after a greater range of movement. I have been questioning this since I started to teach.
Are you worried about taking your first fitness class?
You are not the only person who wants to go to a class but who has so many worries stopping them from taking this step.
I meet many like you every week who say they don’t know anything about Pilates and haven't done any exercise or fitness classes for years and are not sure if they can pick it up or follow a class, they feel uncomfortable about their physical appearance and do not want to feel embarrassed if they can't do the exercises in the class.
Some people I meet even worry that they will hold the class back and instead of trying they don't attend. Don’t let your insecurities to stop you! You may have heard this before but if something feels out of your comfort zone it is usually a good thing for personal growth.