How to Make 2020 Your Year of Pilates Success
Reflecting on the year that has past, do you feel that you achieved your Pilates goals? As the year 2019 ends, it reminds us to check in with ourselves, our goals and how close we are to achieving them. Whether you look back and are satisfied with your achievements, or if you feel you missed some of your goals, the best way to end the year and begin 2020 is with a heart full of gratitude. Being grateful to your body for all it has done for you and honouring it by setting new goals for health and wellness for the coming year.
To set new goals, its often best to start with your main, big dream. Even if it is slightly exaggerated, like wanting the physique of your favourite Marvel superhero. You may want to lose 10kgs or you may be aiming to do an athletic challenge. Whatever the grand dream is, write it down, create a vision board for it and see yourself there by the end of 2020.
The next step is to break it down into smaller goals. If your goal is the fitness level to join advanced Pilates classes and you’re still a beginner, think of the steps it will take to get there. Before you become advanced, a steppingstone goal would be to reach intermediate level. How often will you need to practice? How many classes can you attend in a week? What time of day can you fit in Pilates classes? How can you adjust your diet to ensure your nutrition supports your goals? Carefully consider how you can create a routine that supports your goals.
It’s also important to understand why you have these goals and to create a reminder for yourself of these to ensure you stay disciplined on the days that you run out of motivation. Perhaps the reason you want to advance in your Pilates is so that you can become a Pilates instructor and leave your corporate job. Or maybe you want to protect your health so you can give your family the best of you. Hold onto your reasons why.
Another good idea - for each mini goal you reach you should reward yourself as this will help you keep up your momentum. For example, if you aim to take 12 Pilates classes in January and succeed, reward yourself with a nice home pamper session or by buying a book or personal treasure you love.
And finally, begin the new year with a New Year’s Day Pilates meditation and mantra. Take 10 minutes to yourself to meditate and create a mantra for yourself for 2020. This could be something like, “I am the creator of my destiny, I will be who I set out to be”, or “I can accomplish anything I set my mind to”. Believe in yourself and your goals! And from all of us here at BASI Pilates, we wish you a blessed and prosperous New Year!