Exercising always felt like a chore. I could never work out why I didn’t get excited about it like some people, my tactics to avoid it were pretty impressive. Now I finally get it, you just have to find out what makes you tick. I was first introduced to Pilates by an Osteopath, after having a few back problems - a perk of my job. It came highly recommended and seemed like a good start, especially if it was going to help heal my back and stop it recurring. But now the list is endless, it keeps you fit and puts your body in great shape, improves posture, muscle tone, balance, joint mobility, developing whole body and core strength. It’s also a big stress reliever, I call it my 'head shop'!
Even after a hard week at work, when any other exercise would be a utterly unappealing, I still want to go, mainly because I’m mostly horizontal!
There are two main types of Pilates, Mat and Apparatus. Both are great, it will just come down to personal preference and availability. Apparatus Pilates uses various equipment like the Reformer, which resembles an old fashioned torture device. The Reformer is one of my favourites of all the crazy kit, sadly more expensive, but some will argue more effective. Personally, I think the effectiveness is more down to the teacher. I’m lucky enough to be able to enjoy both. Peacock Pilates is my go to place in London for Reformer. Back home in Lewes I go to a great mat class at Precise Pilates.
Finally, The Grown Up Edit's quick tip, always start on a course for beginners (even if you’re an Iron Woman!) and if you really want to grasp the the essentials properly, then splash out on a few one on one sessions. These will help get you up to scratch with the feel of it, so you can do it properly and safely. It also helps you find out your body strengths and more importantly where you are weak.
The founder, Joseph Pilates once said, “In 10 sessions you feel the difference, in 20 sessions you’ll see the difference and in 30 sessions you’ll have a new body.” And well, Mr Pilates, I felt it in four sessions.