The idea of a Pilates workout is to finish feeling re-aligned, strong, and better than when you started. That feeling, if it could be bottled, is exactly what I want to achieve for my clients. Lately people have asked me at the end of our session, “can I do Pilates every day?”
Standard workout practices tell us it’s not a good idea to workout every day; we should go hard, and then include rest days in our workout regimen.
That’s one way of doing things. Here’s my thinking: if you want that feeling of an aligned, supported body every day you’re going to have to move to get it! The adjustments and changes we make to the body during a Pilates session “wear off” over a few days. The specific exercises in your Pilates workout are chosen to combat the bad habits, and patterns your body has developed over the years, and cannot be reversed in one hour. Therefore we have to work at certain exercises, or muscle groups bit by bit. Day, by day.
The best general advice I give clients is, “listen to your body.” If it feels like you instinctively need a rest day, take one! If you have the energy to really go for it another day, give ‘er! I just think there’s really something to the age old adage, “slow and steady wins the race.” Somedays I do 15 minutes of Pilates, other days I do 2 hours, but I love that feeling a Pilates workout gives me, so you better believe I do it every day!