Pilates is my Travel Buddy
While most of us simply relax when we go on vacation, we don’t always realize the toll traveling can take on our bodies. Whether you travel by air, by land, or by sea, you’ll most likely experience extended periods of immobility, which can put stress on your body, resulting in stiffness, soreness, and for some, more serious health conditions. The good news is, in Pilates, there is no stress. Pilates is a great method of exercise because it’s so easy to do on the go and the optional pieces of equipment it may require are super portable. We’ve all heard the saying “the best defense is a good offense”, so we’ve got three important tips to help you stay on track with your exercise routine and keep your body in peak condition while you’re navigating the globe:
1. Learn a Few Pilates Routines: Before your next trip, look for a few workouts that are mobile-friendly and give them a try on your smartphone or tablet to make sure you will be able to follow along with ease. If you won’t have internet access while you’re away, try writing down a list of simple Pilates mat exercises you are already familiar with or ask your instructor to recommend some specific moves tailored to your individual needs that you can do on the go.
2. Pack Small & Versatile Equipment: There is no piece of equipment you must have to do Pilates, which is part of the appeal, but packing along a small piece or two of equipment can be a great motivator, as long as it’s not an inconvenience to fit inside your suitcase. There are plenty of small pieces of Pilates equipment you can easily take with you like exercise bands, a magic circle, lightweight block, or small toning balls. If you have a mat that’s thin, lightweight, and/or easy to roll up, it might be worth taking with you. You can also use a towel to serve as a makeshift mat, which works well in a pinch, and does double duty when you’re relaxing by the pool.
3. Find a Home away from Home: As Pilates grows in popularity, it’s becoming easier to find classes pretty much anywhere. If you’re staying at a hotel, ask the concierge if they known of any nearby studios that welcome drop-ins or have new client deals. Trying out a different class is a great way to learn new things and get a new perspective.
Looking for a little more motivation? Below are some key reasons to incorporate Pilates in your travel itinerary:
Pilates is a low-impact exercise and considered by many to be one of the gentlest exercises ever created. Basically, anyone can do Pilates without having to worry about stressing their muscles or joints. Pilates will also help you breathe properly while you relax, de-stress, and strengthen your body with oxygen-filled breath.
Pilates helps you meditate. Traditionally done in a quiet environment, sans music, to help ensure focus is given to breath, precision, and flow. To be able to activate the right muscles, execute the exercises properly, and make the most out of each session, you need to stay in the moment and offer your undivided attention. Take a mini vacation from the worries of everyday life, even for just an hour. You won’t have time to think about bills, deadlines, or personal drama outside your perfect pilates bubble. The mindfulness this discipline instills will not only help you perform the exercises correctly, it will help enhance your body awareness and revitalize you so you are ready to take on the world, wherever your travels may lead you.