Doing anything for the first time can be daunting and uncomfortable. Especially when you are doing so in a group setting.
Even though pilates is generally done by very welcoming and open people, it is still human nature to be uncomfortable in a new setting when doing new physical activities.
In the age of technology, learning anything is as easy as going online. And you can do everything in the comfort of your own home.
The important factor is that you do something to better yourself in some way.
Here are 10 tips for beginners.
1. Find a Pilates Instructor
There is no better way to learn something than to find someone to teach you.
When just starting something, it is important to learn it right the first time.
It is important to learn how to do things correctly the first time because relearning something can be very difficult and being accurate in your movement is imperative right from the start in Pilates.
Pilates is effective because the moves were specifically designed to maximize results with minimal effort. But the moves must be done correctly.
Pilates can be tricky because the idea is to move slowly and smoothly where most physical activity requires quick and powerful movement.
You can find classes to join or you could hire someone to come to your home if you are not completely comfortable in a social setting.
In fact, finding a studio where you can have a private session is phenomenally beneficial if you have special circumstances like an injury.
2. Make Pilates Part of Your Routine
In order to get the most out of any exercise, consistency is very important.
It is very easy to work out for one day but making it a part of your lifestyle requires dedication and certain changes.
The biggest change that needs to be made is to add pilates to your daily routine.
Making time for pilates and adding it to your routine so that it is just as important as going to work or eating lunch will make it just as important as those things.
Since Pilates is so popular, you can usually find a session to do most any time of the week or if you are really strapped for time, you can do pilates at home.
3. Make Space For Pilates
Making space in your schedule for pilates is important but making physical space in your home to practice pilates is just as important.
If you choose to practice in your own home rather than going to a studio, that is great!
But if you do not have a specific place to do pilates in your home, getting it done won’t be easy or enjoyable.
You should find a quiet place in your home that is free from distractions and comfortable to practice.
Everything in your space from the art on the wall, to the music to the furnishings, need to be carefully considered so your space is calming and comforting.
Having a place in your home that inspires you to do pilates will make doing pilates fun, enjoyable and more likely to be a permanent part of your new lifestyle.
4. Start Slow
Just because pilates is considered low-impact exercise does not mean it’s easy.
If you do not give this practice the respect it deserves you could reduce the effectiveness or even injure yourself.
Pilates is not only a physical workout but it also helps strengthen your mental and spiritual health too.
Take the time to learn everything properly, work into everything slowly and do it right.
If you don’t do it right, it’s not worth doing.
5. Be Forgiving
People who do not understand pilates think that it is very easy and not a real workout. But anyone who has done it will tell you that Pilates is challenging in ways that many people do not even realize.
That being said, you will probably not get every move right the first time you try.
And that is fine!
Another aspect of pilates is spiritual and emotional health. This can be very difficult for some and it is important to not give up.
The mental aspect of pilates is all about self-improvement and self-acceptance.
One of the best ways to do that is to appreciate all that your body, mind, and spirit does for you, no matter what.
6. Appreciate the Spiritual Aspect of Pilates
Pilates has many physical benefits but pilates also has spiritual and emotional benefits that should not be ignored.
In today’s society, these nontangible benefits are often overlooked but are just as important.
For people who are not familiar with spiritual and emotional health, it can be hard concepts to grasp.
This is another area where self-forgiveness and acceptance comes into play.
7. Stay Hydrated
Being hydrated is very important in any sport that you do but it is particularly important in Pilates.
Water keeps your joints lubricated and your muscles functioning optimally.
Generally speaking, you will not do a ton of sweating in a pilates session. But you are still working out and your body will still need to be hydrated.
Not staying hydrated during a workout can result in dizziness, muscle cramps, and nausea.
Your body uses water to remove toxins and pilates helps to detoxify the body. In order to detoxify more efficiently, stay well hydrated. (36)
Many people will remark that the most difficult part of pilates is not the physical aspect but the mental aspect.
Focus is one of the most important parts of pilates practice. You must focus on the physical elements but you are also supposed to focus inward.
All of these things can result in frustration on the part of the pilates practitioner, however, if you can remember to focus in the beginning, you will be able to have a stronger more beneficial practice as you progress.
9. Wear The Appropriate Clothing
The right attire is very important to doing a successful pilates practice.
You will want to choose something that is loose enough to allow for all of the movement that is needed.
It is also important for many to do the practice barefoot.
This allows a better connection and for good grounding.
Another thing to consider is clothing that fits well.
I can tell you from personal experience that clothing that is too tight or too short takes away from the practice if you are worried about flashing too much skin to other practitioners.
If you are constantly adjusting, you are not in tune with your mind and body and you are not able to enjoy the practice.
Have fun with your clothing!
If you love the clothes you are wearing to workout you will enjoy getting dressed and going to work out.
10. Don’t Overcomplicate Pilates
Pilates was not designed to be difficult but it does have the flexibility to be more challenging.
However, many people who start this out have seen the pictures of people in bizarre, seemingly unnatural poses.
The truth of the matter is that pilates is simple movements that are easily achieved or can be easily adapted to.
And that is that. There is nothing complicated about pilates until you choose to make it more complicated. (37)
Adapted from https://www.jenreviews.com/pilates/