How to stay motivated and keep up your practice

How to stay motivated and keep up your practice

Summer is finally here (may the good weather last) and we all, understandably, start spending more time oudoors, however it shouldn’t discourage us to stick to our usual exercise routine. And I’m talking about listening to your body and moving in a way that stretches and strenghtens your muscles creating a well-needed balance. I know it’s often a struggle to motivate ourselves to go to a class but what often helps me is reminding myself why Pilates is so good for my body and how good I feel after every class. Pilates is a full body workout that takes you through all ranges of motion and planes of movement. We work those deep stabilizers as well as the big mover muscles and we work hard but we also reward our body with some yummy stretches, flexions and extensions in equal proportion. The beauty of this kind of excercise is that there’s always room to improve, to take your practice further, reach longer, engage the muscles deeper and grow a bit taller. The emphasis is on the journey so enjoy it and have fun with the moves. Stay consistent as practise makes perfect, and also notice the changes and improvements no matter how small they may be. There’s no such thing as perfect so learn to love your body’s imbalances and let them motivate you to stay in tune with your body and work harder to minimize those imbalances. Pilates is more than just exercise, it has a meditative quality to it which brings body and mind together. We often ignore the warning signs our body sends us until it’s late and we start feeling achey, stiff and sore. Due to our modern lifestyle we spend a lot of time in flexion,slouching, hunching forward. Our moves became more compact nowadays resulting in shortening of muscles that eventually could also affect our posture. Pilates taught me to pay attention to those warning signs so no matter how tired or unmotivated I am, when i feel tightness in my back or around the shoulders I do my pilates routine because moving in a smart way eliminates pain and stiffness and for me it doesn’t get more motivational than that!! 🙂