Even though Fall isn't until September 22nd, for most of us the end of August marks the end of Summer. The days can already feel a little bit shorter (especially here on the east coast!) and the routine is likely changing with kids back to school or maybe even back to school yourself. Whenever there is a natural shift in life's rhythm I like to take take stock of how I'm doing with my goals and prioritizing what is important to me. Daily fitness is really important to me and Pilates is a great way to achieve the overall goal of having a healthy lifestyle.
How did Pilates practice this Summer go?
What was easy? Being flexible with myself made daily practice much easier. With added travel it was easy to take my mat and at least fit in a 15 minute total body session. If I was to rigid and only focused on longer sessions, I would have missed out on some great Pilates time.
What was hard? It was hard to stay focused. There was a lot going on this Summer between work, family and multiple moves that kept my mind spinning. It was difficult to build up the energy after dealing with disruptions and a to-do-list that seemed all over the place. What did help was remembering my list of 100 things-what my goals are and what's important-and saying no to anything that didn't fit with one of those goals, which ultimately wasn't going to make me happier or help me get where I want to be in life.
What's next? With a new season coming I plan to take the opportunity to build on being flexible and learning to focus by continuing to immerse my Pilates practice into my daily life. It's about figuring out what works for me at each life shift.
If the rest of my life isn't built with Pilates in mind, then my daily practice will likely just fall through the cracks. I won't know how to deal with all of life's other activities and Pilates if I don't value it enough to work at it.