Perhaps now more than ever is the right time to consider doing online Pilates.
The Institute for Employment Studies (Working at home, April 2020) noted there has been a significant increase of between 55-58% in new aches and pains, particularly musculoskeletal complaints of the neck, shoulder and back. Added to that are the mental health problems that some of are experiencing, so it’s important to find a solution.
Pilates is a great way of keeping you focused and committed to something that has life-long benefits whilst improving your overall fitness. In this current situation when we don’t want to reach out to our GPs and we’re not likely to get back to a gym soon Pilates may be that perfect solution - It will help to readdress any muscular ailments or injuries you have.
Plenty of research tells us that Pilates relieves stress levels as well as supporting well-being with both physical and mental benefits being connected.
No one is more surprised than me at the success and effectiveness in delivering virtual Pilates classes. With clear instructions clients continue to do exercises and stretches in safety. It’s important to offer the option of smaller classes and workshops for new comers.
Some of you may ask how can virtual Pilates still be social?
Following a ‘Good workout’ I offer people the opportunity to stay online for a chat, which we often do. It’s amazing just how people adapt and some love the change so much that they will continue to attend virtually.
Online Pilates definitely offers more flexibility as you do your session from the comfort of your own home, saving yourself time and effort. It encourages other family members to join in and have a go. Perhaps you have a reluctant hubby who thinks ‘pilates is only for women’. (He may be less intimidated from his front room.)
Don’t worry about being a first timer – join one of the smaller beginner Pilates classes specifically for new comers.
Unlike many other activities you don’t need equipment – just grab some tins or water bottles instead of weights for example and you can do it on your own or with a group.
The great thing about Pilates classes is that whatever your fitness level, you can do it!! – even if you have never done it before!