Most people have had to learn to adapt this year due to COVID-19. We can no longer go out and meet our friends in large crowds and often we are not even allowed to take a fitness class indoors at the local gym. However, we do need to keep mentally and physically healthy at this time.
10 Reasons Everyone Can Benefit From An Online Pilates Class
- Hygiene And Social Distancing
As times have changed sadly we have to be vigilant about where we are and the distance of people around us. Gone are the days when you can go to a Pilates class of 8-12 or more participants and be in touching distance while performing the moves in a communal or multi-purpose space.
At home or in your own private office, you can create your own relaxing and comfortable environment where you can take part safely in an online Pilates class.
Fitting a class into your day previously could sometimes feel more like a chore than a joy. Running late to class from work on a cold, wet lunchtime or a dark winter’s evening was never ideal and the travel time to and from the class just adds to a hectic day.
At home, you can roll out your mat on the floor, click on the invite link for streaming the online Pilates class and away you go. Simple!
- A Welcome Break From Your Desk At Lunchtime
Many of the people that attend lunchtime classes are saying they are enjoying the 1hr break the class brings as they are spending more hours at their desks than ever. Most people are not travelling to and from work now, at least not daily, and therefore seem to be working their travel time too.
It’s good to know a welcome break is there, away from your desk at lunchtime where you can switch off for an hour, move and stretch your body and re-energize. An online class still provides all the many benefits of Pilates.
- Clearly Visible
The good news is that through live streaming you can clearly see your Pilates teacher on your screen. In some cases, you may even find that you can see your teacher more clearly now on screen than you could in the studio. No-one will be getting in your way unless you have children or a dog!
The teacher can also clearly see you on a large TV screen so there is no hiding! This allows the teacher to actually teach and give guidance throughout the class. You will also be able to see your own setup position for the moves on screen too which is an added bonus.
At my online Pilates class by Happy Being, a lady said she felt it was a liberating experience to be able to join the class when working and holidaying on one of the Scottish Islands.
- Lower Cost Now For Many Online Classes
Many Pilates instructors are now charging less as they have fewer overheads. This may mean you can take part in more classes per week to enable you to get healthier, stronger and more flexible.
- Time To Take Care Of Your Own Body
After the recent situation that we all have found ourselves in and may do again in the future, it’s a good idea to start to take care of ourselves a bit more and not rely too heavily on healthcare practitioners to ease out our achy back, neck and shoulder tensions. If it’s not possible to get to a massage therapist, osteopath or chiropractor, it’s time to take to doing more regular exercise classes ourselves to keep moving pain-free.
- Keep Up A Routine And Connect With Others
Keeping up a routine is fantastic for mental health and joining an online Pilates class is also great for physical health. By connecting with the other people in the class, you are benefiting mentally too. If you are in lockdown or living by yourself, you will start to look forward to meeting all your classmates every week.
- Being Less Self Conscious
For many people beginning something new is daunting. It can feel even scarier when you have to walk into a busy class full of strangers for the first time. Online classes are a great way to feel relaxed right from the beginning in your own environment.
- The Benefits Of Online Classes At Happy Being
The 1hr Pilates classes are friendly, inclusive and tailored to your individual needs (beginners to advanced). Clear, advice is given in a relaxed and professional way. It’s a fun and effective way to keep your body and mind in good health in these new times we find ourselves in.