I’ve been teaching Pilates for a long time and in that time I have gotten to observe a lot of different people and different bodies who come to Pilates and try it. On a daily basis, I get to hear from clients about how their Pilates practice has changed their life, made them stronger, helped them get rid of pain and allows them to move better in their daily life so they can live the life they dream of. Many talk about how Pilates makes them happier and keeps their body feeling happier.
I also see lots of people who are super excited to try it, enjoy it and can really see how it could benefit their life and then give it up. So what’s the key to being a Pilates success? How can you get what those happy people have, those people are feeling amazing in their body? It might be simpler than you think. The secret is patience and persistence.
Joseph Pilates said,” Patience and persistence are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor.”
What does it mean to be patient and persistent when it comes to your Pilates practice? I really think it comes down to showing up and not giving up. We live in what I like to call a “quick fix” world. Society has convinced us that you can buy a solution to any problem you have. We’re spoiled by the convenience of being able to walk into a store (pre-pandemic) or click a button online and have just about anything we want almost instantaneously. But so many things in life can’t be bought or obtained quickly, our health, our happiness, learning a new sport or discipline in your body, learning new eating habits, friendships and relationships.
The key to success in any of these arenas is consistent positive action taken over time. And when I say time I don’t mean the “6 weeks to a skinny you program” kind of time, I mean years (yep, years).
Think of that friend or two in your life who you can’t imagine doing life without. Did your friendship with them just happen overnight? How long have you known them? How many life experiences have you shared with them, and what do you do on a regular basis to connect with them? Are you or were you an athlete at some point in your life? How many practices did you attend? How many games did you win (and lose)? How long did you play that sport before you were feeling pretty accomplished in it? Do you have someone in your life who you admire because you feel like they are in great shape and they really take care of their body? My guess is if you ask them they have made a commitment in their life to make movement part of their life. They probably have a routine that they’ve been following; probably for years!
I can tell you first hand from my own life and from the clients I get to work with on a daily basis, the key to feeling good in your body, to getting results from your Pilates practice (or any movement practice) is consistency over time. Adding more movement into your life is not a hard thing to do, but as easy as it is to do….it’s just as easy not to do. Adding 5-10 minutes of Pilates based exercises to your day is pretty doable for everybody, and I guarantee that if you did that for 3 months, 6 months, or a year, you would feel an amazing difference in your body and your life. Taking even just one Pilates class per week over a year would change how your body feels when you look back a year from now.
When I observe those clients who have really embraced movement as part of their life, the ones who feel and see results from their movement practice on a daily basis I see a lot of the same characteristics, traits and habits.
Here’s just a few:
At Highway 54 Pilates we are passionate about movement and what an amazing health tool it can be in your life. Our staff is here because they love being “those supportive, like-minded people” in your life! Our staff is on the same life journey as you. We are on a daily journey to use movement in our life consistently so that we too can live our best life. Our daily interactions with our amazing clients inspire us in our own movement journey. The studio is our “happy place” and we really hope it will become yours too. If you are looking to add movement into your life, we would love to meet you and introduce you to the studio, our staff and all of our fabulous inspiring clients!