For some of us, the ideal vacation is one that includes binging on nachos and sipping drinks that have umbrellas in them. We dream about lying around trying to become the darkest shade of ourselves and throwing the threat of skin cancer to the wind. We MIGHT lift a finger to flip the page of our book or summon the waiter for another round, but we scoff at the site of the hotel gym and tennis courts. Vacations are for vegging out, right? Well, kinda.
We all need our down time. Especially as hyper-active New Yorkers, we need to slow our roll and be still (literally and figuratively). While occasionally it can be in our best interest to be debauch and sloth-like, sometimes we come home needing a vacation from our vacation, still hungover from Pina Colada #251. There’s a new kind of vacation coming on the scene. One that rejuvenates instead of depletes; hydrates instead of de-hydrating. It aims to make you feel like the best version of yourself, ready to face the world with a smile when you step off the plane at home. This spa-centric vacation can be just the thing you need to light your fire and set you right. Here are my 3 reasons that vacations should most definitely include Pilates:
- In Pilates, there is no stress. Pilates is one of THE most gentle forms of exercise out there. Your 80-year-old grandma could do it, injured bodies use it for rehab, virtually anyone can do it without stress on their joints or muscles. Choosing to do Pilates with a good teacher (not someone who got their certification in a drive-thru) will prevent a sprained ankle from rock climbing or a getting stitches for the gash you received while scuba diving.
- Pilates is meditation for those who need to be tricked into meditating. Classically, we do Pilates without music in a quiet focused environment. Attention is on the precision, the breath, the flow. You don’t have time to think about your dog sitter back in the city or the work piling up on your desk while you’re away. Even if your mind does wander, your instructor will gently guide you back to the moment. This mindfulness will have you asking, “where the heck did that hour go?” You were doing a moving meditation….gotcha!
- Pilates feels good. Coming from the muscle-ripping, joint-cracking life of a professional dancer, Pilates was my happy place. Quite simply, it just feels SO good. You’re stretching, strengthening, moving bits you never even knew you could move. All the while breathing deeply. Pilates will open you up where you are tight, strengthen what you’re lacking, relax and de-stress you with oxygen filled breath. You’ll sleep great, get relief from any aches and pains, and also look damn good in your bikini.
Are you convinced yet? I’ll be taking these two amazing vacations next year and adding Pilates. Yes, there will be some sweat and some hard work on the mat, but there will also be some good down time, great company, and even a few drinks with umbrellas in them.
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