BONUS VIDEO BLOG: Join me for just a few minutes every day and Return to Life!
Joe Pilates intended his mat exercises to be done as homework.
Your maintenance plan.
30 minutes to return you to the “zest and pleasure” of living!
But first, we must begin.
With a studio in my home, doing my own workout often feels like I am still working…Or maybe I have taught so many clients in a day that I am convinced I had a workout as well?
Ultimately the challenge becomes about just lying down on the Mat/Reformer/Cadillac.
Oh it can be daunting…
So I teamed up with my husband (as fate would have it, also named Joe) and embarked on a daily mat practice.
Inspired by Benjamin Degenhardt’s March MATness, our plan was to do at least a few exercises every morning: 10 minutes at the bare minimum and a bit more or even the entire Mat if time permitted.
10 minutes is the least that I can do for my optimum health.
It’s my body.
Hopefully I'm gonna have it for a while, right? It behooves me to care for it so it will run strong for life!
Pilates is my lifetime warrantee.
I would also like to note that a few times each week Joe is scheduled to begin work at 6am. So that would mean some 5am Pilates for me.
Was I up to the challenge?
Was I up?
To be frank, I have never been a morning exerciser. It’s all about the sleeping in for me and then squeezing in a workout between clients. Which I have to admit, rarely happens…
So we began in July this year. It is now mid-October and we have maybe missed a handful of days – Sunday, the hardest day sometimes. A day of rest, we rationalized. It’s okay, I thought, Sandy Shimoda will kick my ass on Monday, so I’m safe.
Sorry, no photos of the 5am workouts…remember, Pilates isn't pretty…
But please, PLEASE!! What are the exciting results???
Joe recently announced for the second time since our first workout that all nagging “injuries” he would feel now and then, have vanished.
And that’s a big statement coming from him. When you are married to a Pilates teacher, we of course offer much more counsel than one might desire.
“You know, Pilates could help you with that.”
“There’s an exercise for that.”
“Blah, blah, Pilates…blah blah blah.”
All of which is true, of course, but coming from one’s spouse…well, you know how that goes…
The trajectory of my own Pilates workout remains ever onward and upward. No sliding back if you do the mat (at least a bit of it) EVERY day.
You can get even more out of your weekly lessons when you arrive strong and focused.
I keep myself strong to teach my clients. Pushing and pulling and standing all day long is harder than you think… or harder than I think it is.
It is a constant challenge to take care of my own body as I give full energy to others.
My back no longer feels stiff after hours spent on my laptop writing these posts 🙂
Time flies when you are blogging…!
Any insecurity about how to reconcile my appetite (insatiable) with staying fit has disappeared as well. I feel fabulous and believe that I look stunning as well. Mentally my daily Pilates workout has empowered me to be confident in my own skin. Not an easy feat.
One more Series of 5, please…
I feel weird to have a morning without the Mat actually…
Why not cultivate a good habit?
Bonus video blog: 7 ways to feel fantastic in 5 minutes.
Use these 7 exercises as a place to begin. The entirety of the Mat may seem too much at first, especially if you would like to introduce a friend or family member to a daily Pilates workout.
Start simply and build on your success day by day. Use the video at first. Then see if you can learn them and they’ll be YOURS for life!!
Share your thoughts and progress in a comment below.
Thank you for reading…and for doing your Mat!