I’ve been looking at a lot of exercise/healthy living things online in the last few days, and the idea of being able to eventually take specific exercise classes really appeals to me. I don’t mean some random, manic workout class where the music makes your ears bleed, the teacher is too chipper to function and everyone (but you) is bouncing around like a frog in a bucket. I’m thinking more a long the lines of something like yoga or pilates. I’ve done a little research on yoga, which does interest me. In the last few weeks I’ve started reading more about pilates. I think it would be an excellent choice for me in a few months’ time. One of the core (no pun intended) health issues I have (aside from the fat thing) is back pain. I had a slip and fall accident in a supermarket a few years ago, and that accident lead to a damaged spine and some serious lower back pain. This pain has recently developed into sciatica.
I’m hopeful that the weight loss will help alleviate some – if not the majority – of my back pain. I’m very interested in doing exercise that will strengthen my core muscles and those increasingly strengthened core muscles will help support my back a lot better. I believe that pilates and yoga will help me achieve this. I love researching things and knowing how stuff works, so I won’t be signing up for any classes in the immediate future. (Also – I’m at my all time heaviest weight. Getting me to sign up for group anything right now will have a failure rate of 100%. I’m just not comfortable exercising in front of others just yet). I will, however, continue to read and research, so when I feel I am ready & able to join a yoga/pliates class I will know my stuff backwards and go into it confident and excited to begin.
Have you ever taken a yoga/pilates class? Do you take them now? What benefits, if any, have you seen/experienced in your yoga/pilates practice?