Don’t move more, move better

Don’t move more, move better

Many of you are starting 2018 with resolutions to workout. If health is your goal, please don’t “just move more,” move better.

This phrase stuck out for me in a post by Dallas Hartwig, one of the founders of the Whole 30, a month-long way of eating which changed the way look at food in the same way that Pilates changed the way I move. In both cases the common denominator comes down to: being present for what you’re doing.

Which is hard to do in a fast-paced electronic society where we are being pushed to pay attention to many things at the same time.

For me,  that means I’m going to look at my workouts as an opportunity for self-care; as a way to move in a way that makes me feel good now and gives my body what it needs for longevity.

Alisa doing Rolling Like a Ball

When I Roll Like a Ball, if my neck is stiff one morning, I’ll be paying attention to how I can achieve the goal (massaging the spine) while letting go of the tension in my neck.

By moving better you will – over time – keep all of your parts in working order and, to paraphrase Joe Pilates, 60 with a flexible spine is young. Because the ultimate goal is a body that can take on any adventure you choose no matter what your age.

What does moving better mean for you?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below…

Zoë Hagler

Alisa has been teaching Pilates since 1999 when she left her high-powered publishing job to spread her passion for Pilates. Realizing there was a need to preserve Joseph Pilates’ original style of teaching, Alisa and her husband Jack Coble, created Pilatesology in 2011 and have since dedicated themselves to recording the work with instructors who remain close to the source.A Pilates purist, Alisa was trained and certified by Pilates legend, Romana Kryzanowska in New York City where she ran her own private studio for a decade before moving home to California. She’s an often-featured expert for Pilates Style Magazine and creator of a series of acclaimed Pilates videos: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Pilates Workout, and Pilates for Men, as well as a sought-after workshop presenter at fitness conferences.When she’s not traveling the globe filming classes with world-renowned instructors for Pilatesology, Alisa spends her time in Hermosa Beach, CA, where she and Jack get outside as much as possible, surfing, hiking and playing. Alisa and Jack believe that Pilates is what allows them to lead active, healthy lives.Alisa’s client list includes Olympic athletes, supermodels and real people who want to look and perform at their absolute best.

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