How to stay motivated to reaching your Pilates goals when on holiday
Travelling with friends, family or finally get that vacation time alone doesn’t mean you have to put your Pilates routine on hold. You can still take that much needed time out to just relax, have some fun and disappear into the free-spirited holiday version of yourself while maintaining your Pilates practice. Starting your holiday off with a strategy to keep yourself motivated and on track is the best way to maintain your Pilates routine, so here are our top tips for keeping it up!
Find the Fun
You don’t need to think about staying motivated if you’re having a good time, so get creative! A great way to keep up with your routine is to hold yourself accountable to someone else. So why not make your Pilates Instructor proud (and a little jealous) by sending them short videos, Instagram boomerangs or good old’ selfies of your Pilates workouts with the beautiful backdrop of your hotel room, the pool or balcony view.
Plan Your Practice
You can always go “old school” and do a little research and find out if there’s a gym nearby with day visitor access for Pilates classes. If not, don’t worry! You don’t need to be a Pilates Trainer to come up with fun and dynamic Pilates classes, you just need to be prepared! So, if you want to enjoy your Pilates practice anywhere, then consider downloading a Pilates app or check out some Pilates videos on YouTube. If you’re escaping to somewhere a little more “off the grid” then you can even draw up a Pilates exercise plan on paper. Speak to one of our BASI Pilates Instructors to help you with ideas that will be safe and effective.
Pack Your Props
Wherever you’re off to, make sure there’s space in your luggage for a stretch band, Pilates ring or whichever your favourite Pilates prop is (if it’s the bosu ball, you may need to settle for second favourite)! When you’ve planned your practice, you’ll know exactly which props you’ll be needing. Although it can be a little bulky, one of our favourites is the Pilates mat. Though you can find some workarounds for this while travelling, the Pilates mat can often serve as a symbolic reminder to get on it, and to take some time out to focus on your health and fitness goals.
Short and Sweet
You don’t need to have a strict one hour practice every day, even 20 minutes on your mat can keep you on track. Try doing your Pilates practice in the morning so it’s out the way and you can spend the rest of your day relaxing and enjoying the moment.
Whichever way you decide to include Pilates into your holiday, don’t beat yourself up about it if you miss a day or two! Pilates should be a part of your lifestyle to enhance your life with the benefits of being fit and healthy so you can enjoy times like travelling and being away on holiday!