Live Longer, BE Young, Do Pilates!
By Carla Vercoe
“If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old; if it is completely flexible at 60, you are young” Joseph Pilates
Which would you rather be? I know which I would choose…the flexible spine. Many, many times I wish I had discovered Pilates at a younger age. I was in my 40’s when I started taking mat and then reformer classes at my gym. I remember taking class once a week and telling my teacher that I was there to undo the damage I did to my body the rest of the week from my “fitness activities”.
After about a year of Pilates I realized that it is the MOST efficient form of exercise and that it requires the least amount of exertion. How great is that? I don’t need to lift weights, do the Stairmaster, and take a spinning class to stay in shape. All I need is Pilates. Pilates keeps me in shape. It keeps my spine supple. It keeps my mind sharp.
Pilates is a whole body workout that can be done daily as it does not take your muscles to fatigue. Your muscles do not need a day of rest to rebuild fibers. Pilates improves your flexibility, your muscular strength and your endurance. It can also increase your self-confidence, reduce stress and help with mental clarity. It does all this and more.
Here are my four rules:
- Never go more than two days without exercising
- Never miss a Monday
- Do at least 10 minutes of Mat Pilates a minimum of 4 days per week (The Mat work is the Method and is where you build your stamina)
- Take at least two formal Pilates sessions per week (I take one private and one group class) where you have an instructor’s eye on you
Today’s generation is living longer. Do you want to live longer but be old? I want to live longer and be young. I encourage you to do the same.