There is no denying it — Pilates is hard. That’s why we love it, but that is why, on those days you’re feeling a bit off, it can be hard to find the motivation to get to class.
In order to see the great benefits of Pilates, you need to make it a part of your routine. Showing up a couple times a month isn’t really going to do much for you.
So how do you make it to class more often when you aren’t feeling motivated?
Try some of these ideas.
1. Set a goal
Whether your goal is to lose weight, to strengthen your arms, to gain a new skill, to meet more people — make a goal for yourself in going to Pilates. Why are you here? And make that the reason you keep coming back for more. If you reach your goal, great! Set a new one. Pilates will be challenging for as long as you let it be.
2. Set a schedule
It’s easier to stay motivated if you already have things planned out. Sign up for your Pilates class for the entire week at one time, and pick a spot that you know works for you to make it part of your routine. Put the class on your calendar — you’ll find that you hold yourself more accountable that way. Find a teacher you particularly like and sign up for classes with him or her to keep your motivation moving.
3. Change your mindset
Rather than viewing your Pilates class as a workout, look at it as a way to reach your goals. The term “workout” has many negative connotations, so create a positive connotation in your mind by shifting the way you view the classes.
4. Grab a friend
Misery loves company, but so does motivation. This is especially true when, try as you might, you can’t seem to find the motivation in yourself. It’s great to have a friend to turn to that will help you get yourself together and get to class, where we guarantee you’ll leave feeling better than when you arrived.
Motivation isn’t always easy, but there are some tricks to making sure your motivation stays there, even through the tough times. When you’re feeling a bit lost, refer to the above to get you back on track.