Healthy eating is one part of the big picture of a balanced lifestyle. Exercise plays an important role and pilates is an example of a terrific activity which strengthens, focusses you and maximizes your flexibility.
Cherie runs a pilates studio in the town where I live and I interviewed her to find out about the links between pilates and a healthy lifestyle.
Building strength from the inside out
Can you give a brief outline of your journey towards becoming a pilates instructor?
I have always had a keen interest in the body, what it can do, how it repairs itself and what movements feel good. My first degree was in Human Movement and I have been an active person most of my life, not especially sporty, but gave everything a go. As a lover of the outdoors I managed to push my body in many different ways. My body felt and looked strong, however often I found I was injured, tight and sore. I became focused on building my strength from the inside out. That is how I discovered pilates. It was a perfect match and complemented everything I do. I have a passion for movement and helping people. Pilates bought the two together.
Excercise as part of a healthy lifestyle
What is your take on exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle?
Interestingly, exercise is the recommendation for any disease, disability or health condition. Furthermore, maintaining a regular program of physical activity decreases the risk of developing chronic diseases. So, with this and the evidence to support other benefits of exercise such as decreasing anxiety and depression, improved cognitive function, enhanced independent living in the elderly, enhanced feelings of well-being and performance of work - my take is what is there to lose?!
Healthy habits and avoiding the quick fix
Spice of Life aims to help people make changes to their diet and lifestyle, which become long lasting habits, rather than just a 'quick fix'. Can you relate this to the clients you work with, in relation to exercise and physical activity?
Classical and contemporary Pilates has been around for many many years. Originally introduced by Joseph Pilates, in the 1920’s yet many variation of the method exist today. Exercise fashions and trends are changing all the time. There are benefits of this in motivating people to stay active. However, there are also many benefits to finding ways of including exercise as a lifestyle rather than keeping up with trends and fashions. What is great about the Pilates Method is anyone can participate at any time of their life and it is never too late to start!
Introducing daily activity into your life
For someone who has never really had any sort of exercise routine, what steps would you suggest towards placing daily activity and exercise into their lives?
Find something that you enjoy! Try new things. (Just because your partner enjoys bike riding this may not suit you!) Remember that often it can take time to change habits and don’t expect to feel immediate results. My own mantra is “ you will regret if you don’t go, rarely will you regret if you do!”
Principles of pilates
What are the principles of pilates and how do they fit into an overall healthy lifestyle?
Joseph Pilates originally called his work contrology. He considered this to be a body/mind/spirit approach to movement founded on the combined effect of principles such as centering, concentration, control, precision, breath, and flow. These are known as the The six Principles of Pilates. Over the past half-century, our 'civilized' lifestyle has become increasingly sedentary; while our bodies, which evolved in nature and were built for action, have not changed in design. The Pilates Method puts action back into your life — controlled, healthful, fluid, fearless and graceful motion.
Healthy eating to complement exercise
What three pieces of dietary information do you give your clients if they ask your advice, to complement your training routines?
- Plan your meals
- Enjoy the process and taste of cooking something fresh and healthy.
- Eat slowly
Thank you Cherie!
Cherie is an accredited Pilates instructor who is dedicated to providing the highest quality services with a personalised approach. She has over 20 years experience in teaching and wellbeing. She completed her professional studies in Human Movement, Outdoor Education and has a Diploma of Education.
Cherie studied her Certificate in Pilates at Breathe Education and is currently completing her Clinical Pilates Diploma. The focus of her training is evidence-based – where teaching and practice is adapted from current research and has greater benefits than standard Pilates.
Cherie brings all of her passion and years of experience to Barefoot Studio with her Reformer Pilates classes. She will not only pass on her knowledge, but you will be treated with a bit of spark that will make you relax, unwind, have some fun, and thoroughly enjoy each session.
Barefoot Studio operates from @thespace, a new purpose built studio in Highett Street, Mansfield. All are warmly welcomed to an atmosphere that is inviting and supportive.