Look, there’s nothing to be ashamed of. Despite the fact that “get in shape” and “get healthier” is one of the most stereotyped new year’s resolutions in pop culture, the bottom line is that there are few better goals to set at the dawn of a new year. You can’t fault anybody for making earnest attempts to be healthier, so if you’ve set a new year’s resolution to get in shape, wear it with pride!
Unfortunately, the sad reality is that many people fall off of their fitness regimen fairly early into the new year. Just like it’s hard to quit a habit like drinking or smoking cold turkey, it can be just as hard to build a new productive lifestyle out of nothing.
But there is one thing that we know can help people keep their resolutions. The answer, of course, is Pilates! Here are some reasons why Pilates can be a boon to your new year’s resolutions:
Pilates is Taught By Professionals
One of the biggest mistakes that many people make in trying to adopt a fit lifestyle is that they leave themselves to their own devices. It’s not a bad thing to want to do things yourself, but at some point, you have to realize when inexperience and lack of knowledge is getting in the way of productive growth.
Inexperienced gym-goers often fail to do their research, typically resulting in one of two outcomes — they either overwork their bodies and intimidate themselves from returning, or they don’t work hard enough and they quit when they don’t make meaningful gains.
By taking classes with certified Pilates instructors, you’ll be able to engage in fitness in a way that works you hard, without making the load too severe. At Re:Gen, our Pilates instructors are highly experienced and know how to guide students through workouts at a level that’s appropriate for them.
Pilates is Great to Do With Friends
One of the best ways to create accountability for yourself is to engage in new year’s resolutions with friends or relatives. By having a partner you can set goals with, it’s much easier to help each other to meet them. When one person is having an off day, the encouragement from the other can often save them from neglecting their workout habits.
Fortunately, Pilates is a perfect activity to do as friends. Many of our patrons enjoy bringing friends, as it helps them feel more at ease in a class full of strangers. They can also discuss the exercises afterward, and help each other to improve their form should they choose to practice at home.
Sure, you can choose to work out on your own, but when it comes to fitness, “the more, the merrier” is a great slogan to adopt, because we have found that it is most definitely true!
Pilates Classes Provide Structure
Another advantage of using Pilates as a means to meet your resolutions is that it provides a schedule for your workouts. This is powerful, because one of the first steps that often results in a declining fitness regimen is taking certain days “off” because you don’t feel like working out. This is so much easier to do when you don’t have a set time for your workouts — it can lead you to have the mentality of “I’ll work out sometime today,” and then never seeing that “sometime” come into fruition because you find ways to keep yourself busy all day.
At our Pilates studio in Prosper, Texas, we have schedules for all of our classes that you can plan around. That means that you can set days in advance and mentally commit yourself to meeting them beforehand. It may not seem like much, but you’d be surprised at how much of a difference small mental commitments like this can make in your long-term habits.
Pilates Prepares Your Body For Other Workouts
Finally, one of the best aspects of Pilates is the way it shapes your body into an ideal vessel for future workouts. What we’re referring to specifically is the core strength that you develop. Core strength is the biggest emphasis of Pilates workouts, and your core just so happens to be one area of your body that’s essential in almost every single movement and workout.
Almost every single workout you do in the future will be better, easier, and more effective if your core strength is up to par. Take pushups, for example. Many people wrongly assume that well-executed pushups depend on strong arms. Others take the slightly more correct opinion that it depends on your chest strength — but in reality, pushups flounder if you don’t have a strong core, because it’s necessary for maintaining a proper plank position.
That’s just one example of how a strong core facilitates other workouts, but there are countless more.
Pilates Classes in Prosper
Ready to take the plunge and commit seriously to your fitness new year’s resolutions? Stop by our Pilates studio in Prosper today! We know you’ll love learning from our instructors, whether you’re on your own or with a friend. We want to help you meet your new year’s resolutions, and Pilates is the best way to do it. Check out our class schedule, and be sure to contact us if you have any questions!