Pilates is a low-impact form of exercise (and MY FAVOURITE!) that focuses on building core strength, flexibility, and endurance. It can be done in a studio with a Pilates instructor or at home with the right equipment and guidance. Here are some steps to help you create a Pilates practice at home:
- Set aside a dedicated space for your practice. This could be a spare room, a corner of your living room, or even your backyard.
- Purchase or rent the necessary equipment. The essential equipment for Pilates includes a mat, a stability ball, a resistance band, and Pilates blocks. If you have space and budget, you may also want to invest in a Pilates reformer machine.
- Find a reputable online Pilates instructor or course. There are many free and paid online resources available, such as Move with Nicole or Lilly Sabri. Choose an instructor or course that aligns with your skill level and goals.
- Start with the basics. If you are new to Pilates, it’s essential to learn the basic moves and principles before progressing to more advanced exercises. Your online instructor or course should have beginner-friendly workouts and tutorials.
- Set a consistent schedule. Consistency is key when it comes to building a Pilates practice. Try to practice at least 3-4 times a week, even if it’s just for 10-15 minutes – schedule it in your calendar.
- Listen to your body. As with any exercise program, it’s crucial to listen to your body and avoid pushing yourself too hard. If you experience pain or discomfort during a workout, stop immediately and consult your healthcare provider.
By following these steps, you can create a Pilates practice at home that will help you improve your overall health and fitness.