The studio has an interesting collection of all ages and genders, with the oldest into their 80’s. All are positive thinking individuals who come ready to learn, progress, and in many cases heal. They bring their challenges with optimism and continue to challenge my years of expertise.
Summer is here! The best advice I can give all my students is to get outside and enjoy all the wonderful outdoor activities that this corner of Canada offers. We are blessed to have so many options. Something as simple as walking in the sand barefoot is great exercise for your legs, gluts, cardio, and most of all your feet – the foundation of your body.
I have had my students who like to do 3 Pilates classes per week cut back to 1 for the summer. My advise is to get outside and use their new strong bodies that they worked so hard to get during the fall and winter months. Even my elderly clients have commented on how much more stamina they have and that they are back outside gardening and walking this year with far fewer aches and pains.
Pilates tones and strengthens the entire body if taught correctly. One of my favourite responses from Joseph Pilates when asked what an exercise was specifically for was, “It’s for the body!” We hear so much about Pilates strengthening the core muscles, and it does. But Joseph Pilates developed an exercise program that works on muscles groups throughout the entire body. All need to be equally toned and strong to feel fit and well balanced.
Mixing up your sports and activites also helps to use different muscles, which is why I encourage people to try new things. Unfortunately as we age we tend to narrow our scope. Science has proved that by learning new skills the brain function improves. So in short, if you don’t use it you’ll lose it. I know it is more comfortable to stay with what we know, but the benefits and joys that are missed by staying in a rut are a sad loss.
Be confident that the Pilates technique you have trained your body to use will reward you with strength and stamina to do so many fun activites. I have been working a little harder in my studio myself these past few weeks, (that old saying -practice what you preach!), and I noticed today that climbing up onto the roof to clean 4 big skylights, that I felt 10 years younger. My balance was not an issue and maneuvering around that slooped roof was effortless.
The Fall Pilates Schedule will be coming out mid July. So if you are intrested in starting Pilates, now is the time to visit our studio, try the equipment – especially the Pilates Reformer, and discuss what goals you have. A one on one session is complimentary. Call Julie at 604 809-9463.
Julie Akin is the head instructor at Synergy-Staying Fit Pilates on the White Rock / Ocean Park border.