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Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

"I'm so out of shape, I can't even touch my toes!" I've heard this countless times from friends, family, acquaintances and colleagues that are thinking about starting a fitness journey. Usually when someone says this to me, they're already feeling pretty defeated, and not sure where to start.

What if I told you that you CAN touch your toes? Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow...but over time with consistent practice. Touching your toes is a big win, because it enables you to do so much more. For instance, if you can touch your toes, it is a lot easier to tie your shoes, grab the rogue sock that always flies out of the dryer, and scoop up your puppy when he is digging holes in the yard.

Fitness gains don't always come easily, but just like anything in life - we can set goals and work towards them. It's a simple formula, really. You start with the decision to try; then you make a commitment to keep going. Soon, the gains start compounding. Touching your toes goes hand in hand with becoming more flexible and improving your balance. Think of all of the improvements in your daily life that could happen as a result. Now, you can get that puppy out from under the bed when he's eating the sock that flew out of the dryer!

Generally, it helps to have a system of accountability for your fitness journey. A teacher, trainer or workout buddy can help you remain committed to your plan. There will be interruptions to your routine, of course. Life happens and sometimes you miss a week...or two...or three. Having a system of accountability helps you pick up where you left off, and you might be surprised to see how quickly your strength, endurance and flexibility will come back even after an extended break.

If you want to work on touching your toes, Pilates is a great way to start. The exercises are designed to improve your core strength, mobility and flexibility. Plus, Pilates workouts incorporate nearly continuous movement, which means that you will learn how to engage your core, support yourself and use good body mechanics while you're on the move. Pretty great since life doesn't sit still, right? Certainly the puppy under the bed is going to be in motion as soon as you reach down to retrieve the sock!

If you're interested in learning more about the many ways that Pilates can improve your daily life, reach out to me at and let's chat!

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