I am a Pilates instructor and haven’t had a single day without Pilates morning workout in exactly 12 months. Mostly, I have sessions via Skype with my clients (since our family moved to a new country, it is the most convenient way to continue practicing with my students from the previous location), and self-practice when I am on vacation or so.
And I would love to write about my experience and one of my clients’, in case someone hesitates whether morning workouts are worth it: getting up early, in our case – when it is still deep dark outside. With a year of Pilates mornings, we did notice some side effects or, better to say, benefits of exercising in the morning.
1. Morning Pilates makes you connected to your own body.
In the early morning, when you have just rolled out of your warm bed, you feel your body likes how it is, not disturbed by day moves and challenges. It seems like your head is yet to be free from daily chores. Your body is a raw material, and you are in charge of making a good start. With morning Pilates exercises, you can feel any stiffness and address it properly. To open your chest with the spine twist, to release your back muscles with the shoulder bridge, to stretch all your body with the swimming exercise: Pilates literally helps you to listen to your body.
2. Morning Pilates eases your transition from sleep.
You know, how it could be: you can get a painful or stiff neck if you sleep in an awkward position. Pilates morning routine is a very gentle way to wake up all your muscles, relieve the stiffness and tightness present and cure low back stiffness (if any) in the morning. It helps you meet a day being more energized, even if you did have a good night sleep.
3. Morning Pilates prepares your body to all challenges of the day.
Pilates warms up your lower back, joints, and all muscle groups, reducing the chance of joint and muscle injury. Pilates exercises are an effective way to strengthen your core to make you stronger for all your daily activities.
4. It is a comprehensive core training.
Pilates is all about your core: deep abdominals and back muscles. The core is your body’s powerhouse. Not only does it facilitate movement, but it also houses your inner organs and central nervous system. In other words, it helps you do just about everything.
5. Morning Pilates helps you stay hydrated.
It is much easier to sip a warm lemon water before and during the class than while rushing in the apartment looking for that nasty sock. So, you drink a glass or two without noticing it.
6. Morning exercises boost your energy and mood.
I do not know how exactly it works, but it is true: after class, you will feel a boost of energy. So, 20 minutes of Pilates to a happier you – I think it is totally worth it.
7. Morning workout helps you make healthier choices during the day.
One baby step at a time, right? With that Pilates class, you are more likely to stick to banana porridge than to salami sandwich in the morning. You feel like you own it, to take care of your body, after class. I bet there is some physiological trick there.
Take care of your body; it’s the only place you have to live in.
8. Morning workout boosts your productivity.
The same principle as described above. Completion of one task reassures your brain that you are productive and you become productive.
9. Morning Pilates helps you notice the beauty of the upcoming day.
Again, I don’t know how it works, but you notice the blue sky and that sunshine… and it is pretty inspiring.
An early morning workout is a blessing for the whole day
10. Morning Pilates makes you a kind person,
not a stressed morning creature. And that’s super good for your family and your relationships with others. Believe me.
11. Morning Pilates helps you get a better posture.
And there are numerous advantaged of a good posture!
12. Morning exercises are easier to build in into your day as a fitness habit than evening workout.
As they say, you have to exercise in the morning before your brain realizes what is going on 🙂
If we’ve inspired you enough, here is a Wake-Up Call Morning Workout! Smile, and try!