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Top Pilates New Year Resolutions

5 Ways to Refresh Your Fitness Goals

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Updated January 09, 2013

Resolve: to come to a definite or earnest decision about; determine to do something

I like the above definition of resolve from dictionary.com. It is powerful, and it says nothing about the first of the year. New Year is a good time to make a resolution, of course, new resolutions can be made anytime. So, January or June, if you are ready to refresh your commitment to your health goals, get ideas from these top Pilates resolutions.

1. Commit to Regular Pilates

Pilates Students on the Tower
Courtesy of Kolesar studios

You've heard it before, but it's worth repeating: To get real benefit out of an exercise program you have to do it regularly. Joseph Pilates put it this way: "If you will faithfully perform your contrology [Pilates] exercises regularly only four times a week for just three months,..., you will find your body development approaching the ideal, accompanied by renewed mental vigor and spiritual enhancement."

Inspired? Decide right now to make Pilates a consistent part of your life. Here are some links to get you started:

30 Day Pilates Beginner Quick Start Program

The All New Body Pilates Workout Program

Info for the Pilates Beginner

Free Exercise Instructions -- beg through adv.

How to Find a Pilates Class

2. Get the Equipment You Need

Pilates Mats
(c)2008, Marguerite Ogle

Pilates isn't very complicated as far as gear goes. All you really need for Pilates is an exercise mat, clothing that lets you move, and good instruction. Beyond that, equipment can enhance a workout and add variety to your routine. The key is to identify what you need and get it. Here are some links to help you make good choices:

Home Pilates Equipment Info and Reviews

A Pilates Equipment Buyer's Guide

Where to Buy Pilates Studio Equipment

3. Take Your Pilates to the Next Level

Courtesy of Lara Kolesar

If you are a beginner, then all you have to do is get started, but if you have been doing Pilates for a while, you need to keep your workouts challenging and interesting. Take a moment to think about what you have yet to explore in Pilates and resolve to make it happen. It may be a simple as taking a new kind of class or getting a different piece of equipment to workout with. Here are links to more ideas for revving up you Pilates experience:

Improve Your Pilates Exercise Technique

Find Ways to Maximize Pilates Classes

Review the Pilates Principles

Read Inspiring Interviews with Master Teachers and Health Experts

4. Learn to Teach Pilates and Get Certified

Pilates Class
David Fischer/Getty Images

Even if learning to teach has been just a little idea in the back of your mind, it is worth taking a look at. After all, there is no better way to learn something than to teach it. Pilates mat instructor training is the place to start and that is really not a huge commitment of time or money.

A comprehensive exercise and equipment education is a very big commitment, but a wonderful way to go deep into Pilates and to launch a new career. Pilates popularity is still growing and there are job opportunities for Pilates instructors.

Are You Ready to Teach Pilates?

Pilates Certification Basics

Compare Pilates Instructor Training Programs

5. Create Your Fitness Community

Free Pilates Program
Mark Romanelli/Getty Images

One of the very best ways to stay on track with your fitness goals is to surround yourself with the support of a like-minded community. These free online resources will keep you motivated:

Be Part of the Pilates Forum: Find interesting Pilates discussions and meet other Pilates enthusiasts in the Pilates Forum.

Get the About.com Free Pilates Newsletter: Have the Exercise of the Week, along with other great Pilates info, sent directly to you each week.

Share Advice, Get Tips: See topics readers are sharing their stories and advice on.

Use CalorieCount.com: Calorie Count Plus has a friendly online community of people sharing their experience and support.

Find Pilates Friends on Social Media:
Like About.com Pilates on Facebook and meet our friends.
Follow @Pilates_About on Twitter and meet our peeps.

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