It is wise to take careful consideration of our budgets when determining where our dollars should be spent these days. It can also seem difficult to find time and money to do the things that you know your body and mind need for your overall well-being. For many years, I put my self-care at the bottom of my to-do lists and I suffered for it both physically and mentally. That’s why I can tell you first hand that there is a way to fit Pilates into your budget this year.
Oftentimes we find ourselves with extensive to-do lists that we have good intentions to complete but soon realize that it’s an impossible task. We are hustling and bustling throughout our days taking very little time to BREATHE. Then, when we do say “enough is enough” we are so stressed out, tired, or worse in physical pain that we look for a quick fix to our problems. Isn’t it time to take the proactive approach to our wellbeing and self-care? Isn’t it time to reserve some “me time”? Yes, it is time to make yourself a priority.
Making time to exercise isn’t really a luxury in our society, it’s a necessary choice. It’s necessary because regular exercise can help curve some major health issues in the U.S. like depression, obesity, and chronic diseases. Although the U.S. is considered a wealthy nation we have extremely poor health. This implies that a lot of our money is being spent on things that don’t benefit our overall wellbeing including health care costs to treat preventable issues. So yeah, that hour of daily physical activity is necessary to help replenish your energy, enhance your mood and give you the focus to be more present for the people who need you.
Now that we have the motivation to exercise, we need to figure out how to find the money to make it happen. If you are interested in learning a form of exercise that works on balance, alignment and core strength here are a few suggestions on how to add Pilates into your budget:
Shop around and do your research
All Pilates teachers and classes are not the same. Did you know there is both a classical and contemporary approach to teaching Pilates? My training is classical so I stick to the exercises created by Joseph Pilates. The contemporary approach offers a creative spin on Pilates exercises and may even use other forms of exercise during a lesson. It’s a good idea to consider what style you are drawn too and also the learning environment. I personally only teach private one-on-one lessons. I love giving the individual body before me my undivided attention and it gives me the opportunity to provide the appropriate modifications or building blocks for that specific person. Rates for a private lesson can range from $60-$100. My standard rate is $60 but I also offer a sliding scale for those who qualify.
Purchase a package
Although my standard rate is on the lower end for a private lesson, I also offer Pilates packages to reduce the cost per session. It’s a great way to commit to continuing with your Pilates practice.
Volunteer for a Pilates Trainee
Pilates trainees need to practice teach a lot to complete their program. It’s a great way to become familiar with the exercises and equipment. If you’re okay letting a supervised student practice their new skills on you, you could get a good deal as well as a really great workout!
Ask for gift cards
Tell your friends and family that you would like a gift card to your favorite Pilates studio for your birthday, anniversary or holiday.
Practice the Pilates Mat Exercises at Home
If your goal is to practice Pilates five days a week for $0, then invest in a couple of private lessons to learn the mat exercises. Be sure to let your teacher know that you are only interested in learning the mat exercises (not using equipment) at this time so that you can get the most out of your sessions.