Motivation Monday: Getting started with pilates

A new workout can be intimidating, but once you try something new it could open new doors for your health and wellness! We're testing out some common-yet-terrifying exercises, including pilates.

You see other people at the gym doing it. Your friends talk about it all the time. But when it comes to actually trying that new exercise, it can be really intimidating! That's why for the month of November, we're using Motivation Monday to show you those bullish fitness beasts aren't so scary afterall.

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Our first victim: Pilates. Joseph Pilates served as a nurse in World War 1, and developed this regimen to help rehabilitate patients. In the early 1900's, he then took his techniques to the America and trained dancers. His method eventually caught on worldwide. He once said "In order to achieve happiness, it is imperative to gain mastery of your body." Thank you for the wise words, ol' Joe!

Pilates is a low-impact yet effective exercise that focuses on strength, form and stability. Unlike yoga, it is faster paced and more structured. GetHealthyU's Chris Freytag says pilates are perfect for anyone who is recovering from injury, or who is injury prone. It is also good for those of us who need to work on strengthening our core muscles.

Freytag suggests if you are a pilates beginner, take a class first. Here are some do's and don'ts to help you prepare:

The do's and don't of pilates for beginners

You can also test out a workout from home! Freytag has a great DIY workout on