How Sustainable is your wellness routine?

Sustainability has gotten a lot of press lately and rightfully so. Whether it’s about the environment or your own body, working towards the long term results correctly is a big determinant of the progress you’ll make…or not.

In fitness and wellness, it’s no different. While it may be good to do have a period of intense study, detoxing, and training, I find when people focus on those short term periods to create long term success, they end up falling quite short of their expectations. Any extreme, whether it’s within a diet or a fitness program, is unsustainable and so while you’ll see great short term results, you usually won’t see those same results a year later.

It’s one of the reasons why Pilates and Yoga makes so much sense — at ANY age and ability. Both practices meet you wherever you are. Whether your at the peak of physical fitness, working through an injury, or getting back on the wellness wagon, you can always modify your practice to meet you were you are even as you work towards getting better. It’s sustainable fitness at it’s best.

Is that book in your bag or you just happy to see me?

One of my best experiences as a Pilates student came from working with a teacher that captured my imagination through images and metaphors while explaining an exercise. It kept my attention and focus and made it just as much of a work in as a workout. Since then I’ve tried to incorporate it into how I teach myself and others. Both in Yoga and Pilates, I have found that it really makes a difference in how students approach their practice.

This article from the New York Times sheds some light on the beauty and the intelligence of imagination. Not to mention a great shout out to the bookworms of the world.

Maybe one of the best muscles to work out is our imagination.