|What is the point of exercise? This seems to be a pretty easy answer, but it can get skewed quickly. Especially when the old adage of no-pain, no-gain, go-hard or go–home mentality still thrives. But let’s be honest, is this really the point of exercise? NO!|
One of our goals at Align Pilates Center is to shift that way of thinking. Exercise is CARING! Caring for your mind, body and spirit. Not beating it up, not punishing it, or scolding it for not going fast enough, flexible enough, strong enough, or as thin as you would like it to be. If that’s the approach then exercising quickly becomes a numbers game—a constantly growing list of dissatisfactions. When does the concept of “no pain, no gain” stop? And what is the real end goal? It is definitely not meant for you to critique and over scrutinize yourself, or even injure yourself striving for some arbitrary goal. Exercise should feel good. It should give you the tools to take care of yourself for the rest of your life.
Feeling good through movement is at the heart of Align. We strongly believe that exercise is meant to be corrective, not corporal punishment. When guiding principles such as mindfulness, awareness, precision, control, efficiency, balance, breathing and concentration are applied to session, the workout becomes about caring. And ultimately having the intention to create better self, not killing it. In the end the same benefits are gained; strength, flexibility, stress reduction, heart health, and less injuries just to name a few. Don’t worry, you will still get a great workout that includes a little sweat and that feel good burn.
As the nitty gritty of your New Year’s resolutions sets in, consider digging deeper to understand the real the reasons you’re exercising. Are you truly caring for your body? If not consider adding Pilates and yoga to your fitness regime. Both are fun, feel good and are full of substance. They’ll give you ample self-care tools to gain a higher quality of living that will last a lifetime, not just another New Year’s resolution.