The other day, while rushing through errands, I heard a women announce her desperate need for a vacation.
"Amen to that!" replied another shopper. I just smiled. I enter a haven every single day that I work out − via Pilates − and ultimately take time for me. There is no way to fully explain the feeling that occurs as mind, body, and spirit merge via fluid moves designed to build core stamina, endurance, and tone. Pilates provides it all... challenge, fortification, inspiration.
We live in a world of technology, connected 24/7, leaving us with little time to get lost in thought or experience moments that ground and revive us. And so, we are often stressed. Yet, Glinda's wisdom − all the way from Oz − is timeless. "You've always had the power to go back. Close your eyes and tap your heels together three times..."
If you don't work out regularly, you just don't know. Those 30, 45, or 60 minutes become a Mecca. The world can wait. It's amazing what you can do for yourself when you accept the gift of uninterrupted thought and movement. Joseph Pilates' salient words ring true: "The mind, when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power."
We're talking improved thinking, for starters. As you work both sides of your body, both sides of your brain are also stimulated. With two hemispheres actively involved (left foot, right brain; right foot, left brain), and increased blood flow, you have improved focus and creativity. Add to that improved strength, moods, immune systems, and joint flexibility; and don't forget about reduced stress and a daily challenge (no matter what else happens in a day, you have accomplished something wonderful if you have worked out)! But it's also the gift of movement − letting your body and mind become their best, going back to a place removed from technology and pressures and entering a haven that always delivers.
And the best part? You've always had the power to get there. Just click your heels (Glinda's instruction for movement was no coincidence; and while you're taking her advice, start in Pilates Stance... you know, heels together and toes turned out. Now you are ready to click!) − or try a Pilates class − and say, "there's no place like working out." Because... quite frankly, there isn't.