Hickory, dickory, dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one; the mouse ran down,
Hickory, dickory, dock!
Every day the clock controls my life. I wake up to the sound of the alarm, and then for the rest of the day, I am constantly checking the time to make sure I’m getting all my “stuff” done. There are many days I struggle to get a workout in. That means I have to workout as efficiently as possible. If I have only a limited amount of time, I always choose moving through a Pilates routine. And I will tell you why…
At about the age of thirty, man and women begin to lose muscle tissue all over the body. We need that muscle for balance and strength as it is the best way to prevent injury. Aerobic exercise generally does not build muscle tissue. To build it, we need to fatigue our muscles using weight and resistance. THAT is the goal in every Pilates class. Because your Pilates instructor knows the "good news" – we can counteract the natural decline of muscle tissue with strength training, especially around the joints.
Here is a list of other benefits of strength training:
- Provides relief from joint pain as effective as medication
- Lowers blood pressure
- Increases energy and elevates our mood
- Increases bone density
- Improves how we look with lean and taut muscles
So, I will battle that daily clock, and the clock that is ticking since I passed 30 years old a long time ago! It doesn’t take too much time for me to move through a complete Pilates routine. I’m confident in the promise of Joseph Pilates who said, “When all your muscles are properly developed you will, as a matter of course, perform your work with minimum effort and maximum pleasure.”