Let’s face it, we have an onslaught of information streaming through our lives each day; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Selfies, Snapchat, and the list goes on and on. We’re all curious. We’ve all done it. You wake up, can’t sleep and check your Facebook or Instagram account and see a plethora of new pictures, videos, ideas and you don’t even know where to start. How can we use this information to help us with our Pilates repertoire and not become overwhelmed?
There is not enough time in the day to scroll through all the content and decipher what will be helpful. I’ve found that if I carve out at least 30-45 minutes a week to look at new material I feel less pressure to look every day. Pick 1 or 2 instructors or studios that you may follow on Instagram and check out their latest and greatest rather than looking at 100 different accounts.
If you’re active on Instagram, you probably have fellow instructors that post their favorite exercises or new prop for those exercises. As we all (clients and instructors) know, there are numerous ways to modify an exercise, add to it and advance it. This is a great way to bring something new to your class each week and keep clients eager to come and feel something different.
Social media is loaded with images that aim to influence, from the vain beautiful women to healthy living bloggers posting every meal. It is very easy to fall into the comparison trap. We have to remind ourselves that each of us is unique and someone else’s reality cannot be our own. The instructors and studios that you follow should inspire you to be the best in every aspect of health and fitness while keeping you informed.
The main goal of a Pilates instructor should be to promote health and wellness. Social media can be a platform where that goal is shared amongst a community of instructors promoting physical activity and mindful movement. We should not necessarily decrease the use of social media but we should consider what type of influences that we interact with on social media. Let’s promote accounts that highlight the benefits of Pilates, the benefits of participating in group fitness classes and those instructors that motivate us to be better each day.
Here are some accounts I find inspiring and informative:
By: Julie Brown