Do you wake up in the morning feeling like you have been rolled up in a ball all night and need un-folding? Do you notice a bit of ankle stiffness when walking down the stairs first thing? Maybe your hips feel tight when putting your socks and shoes on?
Do you look for a piece of furniture to lean on when getting up from the floor?
Funny how stiffness and weakness just creeps up on us after the age of 40?…50?….60?
But you can function and do all the things you need to do, so it doesn’t seem that important to address. And anyway, it’s just a normal part of getting older isn’t it?
I know how important it is for you to stay active, play with your grandchildren and do your gardening, and that you are not ready to slow down yet!
Clients are often amazed when they start doing Pilates, to realise just how weak and de-conditioned they have become despite being generally “active” with daily tasks and even going on regular walks. So let me explain why this deconditioning happens even if you are a busy person who never sits still:
The body is amazing in that it will adapt itself to the demands we put on it. Put simply; if you regularly run 2 miles, your body will over time acquire the strength, stamina and flexibility necessary to run 2 miles comfortably. That’s fine if you want to run 2 miles, but it’s not enough if you want to run 5 miles and be flexible enough to do a game of Twister!
So: If you regularly walk around Trentham Lake, your body will over time acquire the strength, stamina and flexibility necessary to walk around Trentham Lake. That’s fine if you want to walk around Trentham Lake, but not enough if you want to chase after a 3-year old grand-child and be able to reach down to dust your skirting-boards!
Do you see what I mean? The weakness, stiffness and lack of stamina will show up when you do those activities that your body is not conditioned to do. Not to mention it makes you feel T-I-R-E-D!
Imagine what it would feel like to free up your joints and for your spine to have fluid freedom of movement? How good would it be if your legs felt strong enough to easily get you off the floor? For your arms and shoulders to be strong enough to lift your shopping bags in/out of the car?
With commitment and a bit of work, Pilates will keep you doing the things you love for a lot longer. And I really want to help you with that!