Fitness Tip of the Day

Thursday, January 15, 2009


Last night Dee and I went to Zumba and immediately afterwards we joined the Pilates class that was at 7 pm. I was a little nervous but ready to try something new:

What Is Pilates?
Pilates is a body conditioning routine that seeks to build flexibility, strength, endurance, and coordination without adding muscle bulk. In addition, pilates increases circulation and helps to sculpt the body and strengthen the body's "core" or "powerhouse" (torso). People who do pilates regularly feel they have better posture, are less prone to injury, and experience better overall health.

I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed it and what I learned about myself in the process. It is a lot harder than people think - you really have to focus on your breathing and whatever part of the exercise you are doing at the time it is really a lot of concentrating and stretching which are two things I need to focus on. Since my ankle has been bothering me I thought this might be a good chance to stretch it out. And I have to say it really did make it feel a lot better. If you are looking for a class that will help you focus or just want to try something new I suggest you check it out for yourself.


Chews to Lose said...

When it comes to exercise you are one adventurous lady. I love it. I'm glad to hear that you liked it and it was something that worked with you ankle.

MizFit said...

you are so willing to try new things.
wanna come here, be my friend and try hip hop dance class with UNCOORDINATED me?

Mara said...

Thanks....that would be a lot of fun Mizfit I am so uncoordinated we would have so much!

imadedinner said...

2 exercise classes in one night?? OUCH!

jules4422 said...

I understand the ankle pain thing - it can be quite the bummer. So glad that pilates was enjoyable. I've been visiting your blog daily for some time now - it's definitely a source of daily inspiration!

Sabs said...

Pilates is great! I think it is important to find exercise that we actually enjoy otherwise we have to force ourselves to do it and then it is not enjoyable at all!

Sagan said...

Love Pilates. I'm terrible for remembering to breathe in most exercising so it's really useful for that!

Do you think you'll try it again? And how's Zumba? I've heard good things about it!

Lori said...

I love pilates!
I am going to try some Zumba classes soon, they look like fun!