How Often Should I do Pilates?

When doing Pilates, one of the most common questions is how often you should do it. Whether you are brand new to Pilates or been doing it for a while now, the answer depends on your individual body and needs. Below are some tips to help you better decide what will work for you.

If you have just started with Pilates, taking classes daily is a great way to work your joints and gain stability. It is better to spread your workout over days rather than overdoing it a few times a week and risking injury. Of course, it is best to listen to your body and how it responds and recovers to best determine how often you should work out with Pilates. If your body feels fatigued, take a break. Understand that it takes time to strengthen your body parts and imbalances and to heal. When you do Pilates regularly, rather than intensely, your body can adjust better to the workout.  

If you use Pilates to supplement other workouts, it is reasonable to attend classes only two or three times weekly. You can help prevent injuries and increase your performance in other workouts through practicing Pilates. Working with Pilates a few times a week can help to relieve stress, enhance your mobility, and keep pain free joints.

Of course, there are times when Pilates must take a backseat to the demands of life. Even if you must work out less, keep up a Pilates routine. It is important to keep time for yourself and your health. Even if you can only attend one Pilates session a week, it can make a world of difference over not going to any. Allowing yourself that time in Pilates will help you keep a clear mind and face the circumstances of life better.

Regardless of how often you do Pilates, make sure you get the most out of it by listening to your body.