How Pilates changed our life
While many may think Pilates is an easy form of exercise, Aine and Keith Rice of Halcyon Waters are proving it’s the go-to exercise for strength and overall vitality.
If you had asked my husband Keith and I seven years ago to go to a Pilates class, we would have laughed at you.
We retired 13 years ago, sold up, and travelled the world for six years. It’s safe to say we were far too busy to exercise!
It’s wasn’t until we moved into our home at Halcyon Waters at Hope Island on the Gold Coast in 2013 that we got dragged to a couple of group fitness classes by our neighbours. We’re so glad they did!
First, it was Zumba, then we tried Aquarobics and then it was finding our way around the gym.
But it was two years ago when we thought we’d try ‘that’ exercise called Pilates. Wouldn’t be any more than a little bit of stretching, right? Wrong! After the first class, we couldn’t believe the sweat and how sore we were the next day (the good kind).
Since then, our fitness has improved, our flexibility is the best it’s ever been, and we’re much stronger as well. After every class, we’ve worked every little muscle in our body.
But it's not just the physical benefits Keith and I have seen; we’ve also experienced plenty of mental benefits since practicing regularly.
Focusing on your breath is a form of meditation for both of us, and we’ve found ourselves with better clarity and focus across many other areas of our life.
Our instructor is fantastic, and it’s also a great social catch-up. The whole group rarely misses a class.
We’ve never been fitter in our lives, and we can thank Pilates for that. Who knew we’d be fitter than our kids!
Benefits of Pilates
- Improved flexibility
- Increased muscle strength and tone (especially in the core)
- Helps to maintain muscle mass and bone density
- Kick starts your immune system
- Promotes those feel-good hormones called endorphins.
How does Pilates work?
Rather than a rapid-fire workout, Pilates is all about slow, controlled movement with a focus on the breath. By making use of internal resistance, Pilates is whole body workout.