I have a confession to make. I don’t love exercise. I’m not the kind of person who wakes up and thinks ‘I’ll go for a run’. I’d much rather go for pancakes and coffee. But at some point in your life, you realise that if you want to be healthy and feel and look good, you have to exercise.
I’ve tried lots of different things over the years, but in the middle of last year I started clinical Pilates – and I had an ‘Ah-ha!’ moment. I finally found my kind of exercise!
Squats on the TRX
I’d suffered from lower back pain for a long time, and my Physio recommended Pilates to help strengthen my core and that was the main reason I started – but I immediately loved it, and here’s why:
- Pilates involves a wide range of exercises and stretches using different equipment – it’s controlled and precise
- Unlike most exercise classes, clinical Pilates is supervised by an exercise Physiologist who ensures you use the correct technique for each exercise
- There are a maximum of 3 people in a class
- Sessions are tailored specifically for your needs and injuries
- Pilates sculpts and tones your body, strengthens your core and pelvic floor
- Sessions are always different, which means it’s never boring!
Using the TRX
I can honestly say that I’ve never felt stronger or more toned, even my arms have definition – something I’d been trying to achieve for years! After each session, I can feel how well I’ve worked each muscle group, all while protecting my back and neck.
On the Reformer
At 17 weeks pregnant, I feel strong, fit and toned – and I was so happy to learn that under the careful supervision of my exercise Physiologist, I can continue Pilates until 36 weeks pregnant. Yay!
On the Trapeze (Look out Cirque de Soleil!)
I have two 45 minutes Pilates sessions a week, and not only is it time out for me, it’s the best investment in my health and wellbeing. I only wish I’d found Pilates sooner, I feel the best I ever have in my life!
17 weeks pregnant and feeling fab thanks to Pilates!
If you’re still searching for your kind of exercise, then you should definitely check out clinical Pilates. For more information or to find a Physio with clinical Pilates in your area, head to the Australian Physiotherapy Association website.
Thanks so much to my fabulous exercise Physiologist Kim for taking the Pilates session photos for me and a big thank to North Perth Physio where the photos were taken.
Do you love exercise?
Or would you rather go for pancakes and coffee like me?
What motivates you to keep fit and healthy?0