If you’re already a fan of Pilates but are looking to add another activity – or several – to your routine, it can be difficult to decide what you should choose.
There are so many different fitness activities and sports to select from, so which one is for you?
If Pilates is your primary interest when it comes to fitness, you may consider choosing a fitness activity that is able to complement your Pilates workouts.
Here are just a few for you to consider.
Spending some time outside is good for you in itself, but even more so when you combine the outdoors with an exhilarating hike. It can improve your cardiovascular endurance without the need for a gym, as well as give your joints a great opportunity for movement, without putting too much pressure on them.
Hiking can be more of a workout than you may have expected, so you should also remember to wear quality footwear and stretch before and after your activity – just like you’d do with Pilates.
Swimming is known for being a great low-impact cardiovascular exercise and can be very intense. This is your opportunity to push your body harder and build on your muscular and cardiovascular endurance too.
As you are using your whole body to push yourself through the water, you’ll be giving lots of different muscle groups a workout, making it an excellent choice for your whole body.
3. Team-Based Sports
Playing a sport as part of a team is a great way to develop a social side through fitness. It’s also a chance for you to pick something that appeals, whether it’s hockey, football, netball or something else entirely. These sports will also use an entirely different set of muscles than the ones you use in Pilates, giving you a chance to work out other areas too.
Yoga and Pilates are often confused with one another, but they are actually very different and can complement each other if you choose to do both. Pilates focuses on improving your core strength through resistance – however yoga is more about balance, as well as mindfulness and mental improvement.
Whichever of these you choose, we encourage you to have a variety of exercise types to keep you active and build a healthy routine around Pilates. If you require any workout or Pilates equipment, consider the range here at Pro Active Pilates Equipment Melbourne – the best equipment in Australia.