As I look back at the previous two weeks of the Pilates challenge, there are two things I have discovered. One is how Pilates changes your body in so many ways, not just core strength. I've always been very aware of my posture. My grandmother had severe Kyphosis, also known as "hunchback" and I never wanted to end up like that. However, as my day goes on and I begin to feel fatigued, my posture can suffer. Pilates is very much about posture. During some of the workouts, I would be reminded of ballet classes when I was a child. Ballerinas are known for long, graceful bodies. Many of the exercises stress lengthening the spine, lengthening the body. I feel an inch taller when I leave class and it makes me more aware of my posture throughout the day. That's a great benefit!
I've also discovered that I get a much better Pilates workout in a class setting. It was difficult for me to get to classes due to my own schedule. Sunday afternoon Mat Classes allowed me to workout for an hour at Rivercity Pilates. Two other days of the week, I do my own Pilates workout at home by repeating some of the exercises, or working out with a DVD. After the Sunday classes with Heather, I really felt the workouts. When I did my own workouts at home, it was ok but not the same. At Rivercity, the hour flew by. At home, I would catch myself looking at the clock thinking of other things I needed to do. I've always been a "Lone Ranger" when it comes to working out. When I lift weights or run, I like to put my headphones on, tune everything else out, and focus. I've never really liked working out with someone else or taking classes myself. However, the Pilates classes at Rivercity have been a great experience, very motivating, and something that I will continue to do.