Pilates trains me for mental gymnastics

by Rebecca A. Watson on July 31, 2009

in balance, exercise, middle ground

I have been a big fan of pilates for a few years. It helps tone and strengthen core muscles, which are arguably the largest and most important ones in our bodies. We use them for almost every movement, big or small. And I’ll be honest, I like flat abs too.

One of the main things pilates helps with is balance. I’m still a klutz, but I fall down and run into things a lot less these days. The stronger our core muscles are, the easier it is for our bodies to maintain balance.

As I was working out this morning, I realized this could easily translate for my newest quest in my life: balance! I tend to swing back and forth on the pendulum without a thought to where my extremes take me. I wondered: If my core is strong, wouldn’t it be easier to maintain and achieve balance?

A lot of times when starting on a new endeavor, it’s hard to know where to begin. Striving for balance is a life-long project, which can make it seem daunting. But now I know what direction to point my feet in, a starting line for this self-improvement. Strengthen my core values. Know where I stand. And anyone that knows me knows that I’ve definitely got some strong opinions. So I guess I’ve already started my workout.

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