It's difficult when you finally decide to exercise to approach with caution. You're fired up and want to get started!
Taking time to focus on form can not only improve your results but can help prevent injury. One of the reasons Pilates is so great is that you can work on your form while strengthening your core, and improving function. You can take that body awareness everywhere you go.
Mind-Body classes lend themselves to improving function by moving slowly, being aware of your body, breath and fine tuning your focus. Truthfully, almost any form of exercise can be mind-body, but it can be difficult if you are new to exercise. Motor function like anything else, improves with practice. So often I hear people claim they are uncoordinated but really most people are inefficient at new movement patterns. Coordination can be improved and is actually one of the Pilates principles.
I am never sure why we can understand that learning a new language will take time. You will begin learning words before you begin forming sentences and having conversations. Movement is no different. You will begin by learning a movement before you try to add anything else. As you become familiar with the movement you will fine tune your mechanics improving your form and function. Using the analogy above, you can begin to have conversations as you become more fluent.
Where do you grow from here? Anywhere you want! Movement, like language opens the door to possibility. When you become more functional everything from carrying groceries to a playing sports becomes easier and more enjoyable. To quote Joseph Pilates, "Physical fitness is: “the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure." Basically, it feels good to function well, so get moving!
Maricopa County Library District is more than books. Try an exercise video, download music, take a class (lots of health & wellness options) and it's all free with your library card!