When this interview was conducted, we were only dealing with one pandemic. During the times of the coronavirus and police brutality crises, doing what you can to improve/maintain your physical and mental health is crucial. So the NoseBest team had reached out to our good friend Sam Miles! She is the founder and owner of Good Time Pilates right here in NYC, but classes are available all around the world! We asked her about the power of pilates, and sustaining your mental health! Check this out!
Q: Quarantine has weighed heavily on individuals mental health. How can moving your body improve your overall mood?
S: I think a hard part about movement is that we often criticize ourselves if we aren’t doing “hard” or “intense” workouts, and therefore we don’t move at all. As NY-ers, our lives revolve around walking and using our bodies for transportation, so with that taken away it feels hard at times to want to do anything. Being a bit kinder with ourselves during this time and deciding to just move, no matter how intense or gentle (even stretching!) can be super beneficial to our mental health. You taking that 5 minutes to yourself to breathe deeper, stretch, or hold a plank is the best act of self care.
Q: Self-motivation is a struggle in or out of a pandemic. Where does someone develop the courage to keep up their fitness?
S: The key word here I think is fitness. Going back to the first question, how we place certain expectations on what fitness is and how hard things should be, we aren’t really setting ourselves up to be motivated. Start with small goals, accomplishing those will give you that confidence to increase and smash your bigger ones!
Q: What are the benefits of pilates? Why is Good Time Pilates the place to go for it?