Posts tagged pilates lexington
Vacation To Do List

Everyone deserves and needs a vacation and Summer time is a great time to get away. Vacations allow us to unplug, disconnect, and refresh. Checking out of your daily routine from time to time also allows us to check back in with more vigor and enthusiasm. Simply put vacations are good for our emotional and mental health.

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Finding Motivation

I enjoy working out. I love Pilates. I love running. But some days I just don't feel like it! Not every day do I bounce out of bed and feel like moving. Most days I do but occasionally I'm tired, burned out, stressed or just plain lacking motivation. Here are my go to motivators for those days:

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All Bodies Welcome Here!

Every time I encounter a new student, I begin by asking about their body. Do they have aches, pains, a past injury, a chronic condition, pregnancy, post-partum or so on. All of these things matter for me to be able to teach the best possible session for them. Pilates is individual. It should be personalized for the body at hand.

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Use it or Lose it!

I like to think of myself as still young and active despite the age that appears on my birthday cards each year. I think of age as more of a mindset. We all know people our age who seem so much older than us! We also know folks who seem to never age. (That’s the group I want to join!) 

I do believe in many ways you are only as old as you feel. Joseph Pilates said, “If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.”

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Extra Credit vs. Workouts

I am a big believer in the little things adding up! Finding time to do a plank in the morning or walking for 1o minutes here and there all count. Extra is always a good thing in these cases.

Sometimes, however, I think folks let their extra credit replace their workout! It’s easy to do. You have a busy day. You rationalize you did some planks in the morning. You’ll do better tomorrow… or will you? Soon enough you are having more days of just a few minutes of exercise and fewer days of quality workouts!  Sound familiar??

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Do No Harm

Doctor’s are required to take the Hippocratic Oath which states that they should “Do No Harm”. To best of my knowledge and recollection with my Pilates certification there is no such requirement. But maybe there should be?

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Going Back to the Basics

I’ve been teaching Pilates for about 10 years now. Prior to that I taught spinning for about 12 years and other random fitness classes that needed a sub! That’s a long time to be in the ‘fitness industry’.  By now I should know it all, right? Wrong.

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Stay the Course

It’s hard to believe it is already December and the holidays will be here soon! I love the holidays but it can also be a time were we drift from our regular workout routine. Whether you have kids or not, this is a busy time of year. Some go into winter hibernation and then there are lots of events and parties galore for others! Please enjoy it but don’t give up your fitness and wellness routine.

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Timelines and Commitments

I am a believer in being organized and completing projects on time. I am a goal-oriented person so give me a goal and I am going to work hard to achieve it. But this does not make me immune from dreading a timeline and fretting commitments from time to time. So how do we take our commitments and timelines and look at them in a motivating way instead of one of dread?

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Pilates Conference Wrap Up!

Most of you know I was in Las Vegas a week ago for the Pilates Method Alliance Annual Conference. The PMA is the governing board for Pilates and every year this conference draws around 1,000 Pilates teachers from around the world. This conference is a wonderful way for me to meet other instructors, connect with instructors I now, take workshops and Pilates classes and grow as a teacher, myself.

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