It seems like every time you turn around there is a new study out there on how often you should be working out. I read one the other day that said just 10 minutes a day five days a week! Ok, here’s the thing, I’m not sure the exact amount of time you should be working out. But, one thing I do know is how often you should do Pilates to see and feel it’s true benefits. And, here’s some good news, Pilates can be your stretch and your strength training workout. So, if you’ve got Pilates on your schedule you’re already taking care of those two fitness regimens. But, how often should you do Pilates?
If you read Joseph Pilates book ‘Return to Life‘ he says “in 10 sessions you’ll feel different, in 20 you’ll look different and in 30 you will have a whole new body” but what people forget to quote is how often. In his book, he says 3-4x a week. I’ve read other works by him where he was saying that his matwork can be done and should be done every day!
Now, before you feel like the bar for doing Pilates and getting its benefits is too high stick with me. Because of the Mat work you can do Pilates more often than you think and for a free to a nominal fee. And, then if you have access to his other equipment you can really vary your Pilates practice and also the amount of time you spend doing it.
Most classes and sessions at a Pilates studio or Gym are 55 min. But, the Mat work was designed to do on your own as much as you can. And, once you know your exercises you can pretty much fit that workout in 30 minutes!
In a perfect Pilates world, you would be doing your practice 3-4x a week right? If you can manage to find a class or teacher that rocks your Pilates soul snag that spot and get some eyes on your practice. And then, for the other sessions in your week enjoy the benefits of living in a tech world. Take your mat practice with your anywhere you are and keep it to 30 minutes so you can go off and tackle the rest of your day!
What’s your favorite way to practice Pilates? Do you prefer classes? The Reformer? Mat? I’d love to hear your loves below in the comments.
And, if you’re up for feeling the benefits of Pilates try taking my class this week as many times as you can. March Matness is coming up and I’ll be doing 30 min of Pilates for 30 days. Join me!