If you are a mom and new here and want to find sustainable way how to start exercising at home, I have a few questing for you:
I understand everything. I was there.
Many questions in your head. Many excuses and no reason to support the idea about exercising, especially at home.
However, keep reading to find out how I found a way to exercise every day and how Pilates completely changed my life.
Five years ago I was doing my office, 8-5 job, being a mom of a teenage girl, wife, dog owner…
Everything in my life looked very ordinary and pretty much satisfying.
But, the truth is that I was really overwhelmed, chronically tired, moody, and very stressed.
I was desperately looking for something that will help me get rid of stress (or at least decrease the tension).
I decided to start Pilates lessons in a local Pilates Studio.
After my first Pilates class I felt so aligned, and de-stressed, I was very tired but truly happy and felt good in my own body.
Actually, that moment, that first Pilates class, changed my life forever.
I realized how powerful the mind-body connection, that Pilates teaches us, is.
I decided to master the skill and become a Pilates teacher.
From that moment my whole approach to exercising, living healthy and balanced, changed.
I couldn’t wait to go to Pilates.
The studio was my happy place, but there were a few obstacles.
Finding a parking place near the Pilates studio was mission impossible, and walking would take me so long.
Those days when I stayed longer at work I couldn’t make it to the class.
And no matter how hard I wanted to go, sometimes it was not possible.
Then I decided to start doing it at home, alone.
I was exercising Pilates when I came back home from work or in the morning before I go to work.
In the morning I would wake up 30 minutes earlier to exercise.
In the evening I would usually put dinner to cook while I do my workout.
My at-home classes were shorter, but I was doing them every day. Which makes it even better than 60 min class / 3 times per week.
Regarding my family, soon after I started everyone in my house got used to the fact that I have to do my Pilates every day at the same time.
They stopped asking me and started respecting my decision.
They realized THAT I’m very strict about my workout routine.
Not very long after that, I also started my pilates education, and that’s how my professional journey started. But, that’s not the focus of this story.
Three years ago my life changed completely. My husband got a job in a foreign country and I got pregnant.
Yes, everything happened at the same time.
We moved and I started my maternity leave.
Even though it was my second pregnancy it felt different. I didn’t exercise very much and I was only studying pilates theoretically because physically I did not feel like doing it.
After I gave birth to my son (c-section) I had a really hard time recovering.
C-section is not something I was expecting and after it, I felt like I will never again be able to do Pilates.
So, how did I start exercising from home?
When I was 4 weeks postpartum I wanted to try.
Those were so gentle and small moves, which were meant to be only to awaken some muscles.
My baby was waking up at 9 o’clock so I was waking up at 8, to do my Pilates.
I didn’t always like working out, especially when he didn’t sleep well during the night, but I decided not to even think about whether I workout or not.
I decided to consider my morning Pilates as tooth brushing or any other morning routine.
I didn’t question it at all.
I also did not look at my body in the mirror each day, I didn’t measure my weight and I just trusted the process.
The first week after I started, I already felt much better – and I was thankful for that small step.
Very soon after I started my pilates postpartum journey I also started my Pilates Online Studio project.
That were more daily tasks for me to complete.
I was in a foreign country, with my newborn son, a daughter who is also adapting to the new environment, my husband working long hours and I started a new job from home.
But, my morning Pilates wasn’t in question even then.
I am not insinuating you to do the same as I did, but to find your own way to succeed.
Because there is always a way – it has to be!
Every situation is different, even for the same people at a different time.
Which works best for you today, doesn’t mean it’s going to work best next month or next year.
What is for sure is that moving your body is necessary, not only for your body but for your mind too.
Find a way to incorporate 20-30 min of physical movement into your day to feel better, prevent diseases, and live happier.
You deserve to live your best life.
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