After I slipped on icy pavement and twisted my ankle, I became determined to improve my coordination and flexibility.
I was not happy with my lack of balance and insufficient leg strength.
I did some research into different styles of fitness and chose something I’d never tried before. Just eight weeks later, I noticed huge improvements in my body. Going into it, I had no idea what to expect. I learned that pilates has a lot in common with yoga. It involves a series of movements centered around core strength, balance, posture and flexibility. It supports the belief that mental and physical health are intertwined. Pilates is said to elevate overall well-being along with general fitness. It’s the type of class that anyone, men or women of any age can get involved with. I like that it focuses on building strength without bulk. Because the movements are slow and controlled, it forces me to stop and think about what I’m doing. I pay more attention to the way I’m breathing, and I need to use internal resistance. Since getting involved with pilates, I am far less wobbly when I do lunges and balance on one foot. It didn’t take long before I was able to support my body weight in the plank position for a longer duration and maintain better form. I’ve created defined muscles in my tummy area and improved my posture. I am standing and sitting up straighter, which has minimized the soreness I often feel at the end of a long workday. I have increased my mobility, particularly in my hip flexors, and I’m getting more out of deep stretches.