Most of us think as Pilates as a way to exercise. But Joe Pilates leaves us with so much more to think about. He leaves a legacy of quotes many which speak of more than a way of exercising. They speak of a way thinking about oneself, more importantly they speak to a way of “Being”.
Below is a quote from Joe Pilates that highlights this idea. The quote does not mention “the Method of Pilates” even once. Joe talks about Man’s/Woman’s use of intelligence to determine what is right for his/her body regarding diet, sleep and exercise. He’s speaks of those who do use their “smarts” in this regard as “taking the very best preventive medicines”. He also mentions that those medicines are found “freely and abundantly in nature”.
I think that helps us understand how Pilates is more than exercise. It is a “Lifestyle”.
Now here comes the challenge.....how do we make all that happen. We live in quite a different world than Joe did. Joe lived in the US from approx 1920’s - 1966. Life was so much less modernized than it is today. As I write those worlds, a thought floats into my head, “Is that just an excuse or is it really true?” Every generation has had it’s modernization challenges. We seem to be ever more efficient with so many technological advances. Maybe it’s a matter of priorities and not thinking we HAVE to do it all!!!!!
Here’s my first step relative to diet. As a woman of 53 years I have found that my body has changed incredibly over the years. When I say “body”, I mean everything - metabolism, food allergies, energy, stamina just to name a few. I don’t always feel like myself, or how I would like to feel.
Since I love to cook I am always looking for new ideas. Back in March I found a unique cookbook, “Cooking for Homrmone Ballance”, by Magdalena Wszelaki. Don’t be deterred by the title. There are some truly terrific recipes. And the good news is they are good for us all, especially us Ladies. Check out the recipes and if the title intrigues you to dive deeper, you won’t be disappointed as Magdalena shares her wealth of scientifically based knowledge to help women manage the different phases of their lives through food! (I kinda think this might be part of the idea at which Joe was getting.)
Would love to hear your thoughts below.