Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Power of Pilates
I am a huge fan of pilates (I've mentioned it before in other posts). I've been practicing pilates off and on now for well over 7 yrs. Sure sometimes I take long breaks and focus on other types of exercise but I tend to always come back to pilates. Why? Because it's something you can do in 10 minutes and still see results... it feels more like stretching than working... it's possible to do it without breaking a sweat (requiring a 2nd shower)... you get results fast... you can do it at home in your pj's... it's relaxing... I could go on and on. I've tried many different pilates dvd's, Crunch - Pick Your Spot was one of my favorites and 10 Minute Solution - Pilates my least fav. But that was all until I discovered 10 Minute Solution - Rapid Results Pilates, they're not joking about being rapid! I still love my elliptical machine but variation is good, I don't want only to do cardio. Plus, like I said above, I can squeeze pilates into a busy day when I don't always have time to get on the elliptical machine for 30 minutes. Within a week of doing the "waist slimmer" and "total body blast" sections of the dvd (and not always at the same time) I started noticing results. Now keep in mind I exercise regularly, no I'm not slim because I eat too much but I am fit. So if you're well overweight or not used to exercising don't expect the same results. Pilates is also something you build up to, when I started this latest dvd I struggled with a few of the exercises but now a couple weeks later I almost have them down pat. My favorite thing about this dvd is that they combine pilates moves, working even more muscles at the same time, I guess that's why you get "rapid results". Due to some furniture additions in our bedroom I can no longer practice pilates on the soft carpet. So I had to do the exercises on our hard living room floor, well there is one decorative rug but it doesn't help much. About a month ago I decided I wanted to buy a yoga/exercise mat, I started pricing around and was quite disappointed. In the store you pay around 25 euros, I found that to be too expensive. I could find it cheaper online but then I had to pay for shipping, still equaling roughly the same amount. I put it on my Christmas list but Santa obviously doesn't give you everything you ask for. I had basically given up, then yesterday while at the grocery store I found one! "The grocery store?" you're saying. It's not where I do my normal shopping, it's where I go for random fun items that my store doesn't carry or for things like mozzarella that happen to be half the price there. This store, Aldi, also has random things from appliances to clothes, and in the middle of some winter supplies was one mat. I didn't see them anywhere else in the store, I managed to buy the last one, yes! And it was only 18 euros, jackpot! Now I can exercise in comfort. Of course I tried it out last night and the biggest difference I find is that the pressure on my elbows is gone, what a relief. Now I'm set for all of my home fitness... pilates dvd, check... fitness mat, check... elliptical machine, check! It's just a matter of making myself do it now, unlike the lap swimming I tried once, ha-ha!