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What Are the Best Tips for Doing Pilates at Home?

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Doing Pilates at home is a great way to stay in shape without having to go to a gym or fitness center, but it will be necessary to do a bit of research into proper Pilates techniques as well as the necessary equipment. The first step to making the process of doing Pilates at home much easier and more effective is to clear out a space in the home where the exercises can be done unimpeded. This will not require a lot of space, but enough room will be necessary to stretch out without striking any objects or disturbing other people in the room.

It may not be easy for a beginner to do Pilates at home, since some of the exercises can be difficult, especially without professional guidance. It may help to invest in a DVD or book that describes proper execution of Pilates techniques. The new Pilates participant will need to study the techniques carefully to avoid injury and get the most out of doing Pilates at home. Start with exercises that are appropriate to the exerciser's ability level, and focus on learning the proper breathing techniques. Proper breathing will make the exercises more efficient and beneficial.

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Regardless of ability level, anyone doing Pilates at home will need to recognize when a motion or exercise is doing more harm than good. Pilates exercises are strenuous and often difficult to do, but they should never cause pain. If pain is felt, it is wise to stop the exercise immediately and refrain from doing it again until the pain goes away. Pain may occur if the exercise is being done improperly, or if another medical condition exists. It is wise to consult a doctor before starting a Pilates routine, especially if the exerciser knows he or she has existing medical conditions that can lead to pain or injury.

Invest in the proper equipment and only buy quality pieces that will not break or risk injury. A cushioned mat is one of the staples of doing Pilates at home, and such mats can be purchased at most sporting goods stores. Be sure to buy a mat that is appropriately padded, and one that will not slip out of place when exercises are being performed. Wear appropriate clothing that does not restrict movement, and invest in a good pair of athletic shoes that are supportive. Consider buying moisture-wicking clothing that will keep you cool and dry during the workout as well.

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croydon
Post 3

One of the best things about learning a simple Pilates exercise routine is that you can do it anywhere.

I tend to travel and move around a lot, and it's difficult to keep up a gym membership. There aren't always good options for Pilates classes either, especially since casual drop in fees tend to be a lot higher than when you buy lessons in bulk.

Being able to just go through my standard routine at home keeps me sane and not too worried about my fitness. It's not an in depth routine and I still like to do a class now and then, but it's definitely better than nothing.

umbra21
Post 2

I would suggest doing basic exercises at home first for a while, and maybe getting some instruction once you master that. I mean, while Pilates can be difficult, many beginner poses are easy enough to master on your own. And, you can see whether you like it enough, and whether it is doing enough for you to justify spending money on lessons.

Particularly one on one lessons, as Pilates can be very expensive, when you add it all up. Sometimes studios require you to buy your own mat, or pay equipment fees as well as lesson fees.

And this applies to equipment at home as well. While an exercise ball is a good thing to have around in general, I wouldn't spend too much on anything else until I knew that I had the will to continue using it.

KoiwiGal
Post 1

If you are determined to do pilates at home, I would suggest first that you try doing a few classes with a group, or one on one with an instructor.

I know you might feel embarrassed, but pilates can be quite difficult, particularly once you get past a certain point, and if you are doing the exercises wrong, you might do more harm than good to your muscles.

If you absolutely don't want instruction, at least get a mirror so that you can inspect what you are doing. Try to make sure you follow the book or video you are using exactly.

It's all too easy to get into a bad habit and never get corrected if you don't have someone there to point it out.

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