If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. IF it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.— Joseph Pilates
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Change happens through movement and movement heals.
You are only as young as your spine is flexible.
A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion.
In ten sessions you will feel the difference, in twenty you will see the difference, and in thirty you'll have a whole new body.
Patience and persistence are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor.
You will feel better in ten sessions, look better in twenty sessions, and have a completely new body in thirty sessions.
Physical fitness can neither be acquired by wishful thinking nor by outright purchase.
To achieve the highest accomplishments within the scope of our capabilities in all walks of life we must constantly strive to acquire strong, healthy bodies and develop our minds to the limits of our ability.
Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.
In order to achieve happiness, it is imperative to gain mastery of your body. If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, you are old. If at 60 you are supple and strong then you are young.
The acquirement and enjoyment of physical well-being, mental calm and spiritual peace are priceless to their possessors.
By all means never fail to get all the sunshine and fresh air you can.
Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.
I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They'd be happier.
Contrology (Pilates) is complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit.
Through Contrology you first purposefully acquire complete control of your own body and then through proper repetition of its exercises you gradually and progressively acquire that natural rhythm and coordination associated with all your subconscious activities.
Good posture can be successfully acquired only when the entire mechanism of the body is under perfect control.
The man who uses intelligence with respect to his diet, his sleeping habits and who exercises properly, is beyond any question of doubt taking the very best preventive medicines provided so freely and abundantly by nature
True flexibility can be achieved only when all muscles are uniformly developed
Contrology is complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit.
Before any real benefit can be derived from physical exercises, one must first learn how to breath properly. Our very life depends on it.
Self-confidenc e, poise, consciousness of possessing the power to accomplish our desires, with renewed lively interest in life are the natural results of the practice of Contrology [Pilates].
Moreover, such a body freed from nervous tension and over-fatigue is the ideal shelter provided by nature for housing a well-balanced mind that is always fully capable of successfully meeting all of the complex problems of modern living.
It is better to be tired from physical exertion than to be fatigued by the 'poisons' generated by nervousness while lying awake.
As a heavy rainstorm freshens the water of a sluggish or stagnant stream and whips it into immediate action, so does the Pilates Methods purify the bloodstream.
We retire too early and we die too young, our prime of life should be in the 70's and old age should not come until we are almost 100.
Because of poor posture, practically 95% of our population suffers from varying degrees of spinal curvature, not to mention more serious ailments. Good posture can be successfully acquired only when the entire mechanism of the body is under perfect control.
Time and progress are synonymous terms--nothing can stop either.
Truth will prevail and that is why I know that my teachings will reach the masses and finally be adopted as universal.
Ideally, our muscles should obey our will.
Reasonably, our will should not be dominated by the reflex actions of our muscles.
I learned...every part of the body; I would move each part as I memorized it. As a child, I would lie in the woods for hours, hiding and watching the animals move, how the mother taught the young.
Contrology is not a fatiguing system of dull, boring, abhorred exercises repeated daily "ad-nauseam." Neither does it demand you joining a gymnasium nor the purchasing of expensive apparatus. You may derive all the benefits of Contrology in your own home.
Man should bear in mind and ponder over the Greek admonition - Not Too Much, Not Too Little.
Were man to devote as much time and energy to himself as he has devoted to that which man has produced, what astounding and unbelievable progress would be made; a progress eclipsing all he has so far successfully accomplished.
Lazy breathing converts the lungs, literally and figuratively speaking, into a cemetery for the deposition of diseased, dying and dead germs as well as supplying an ideal haven for the multiplication of other harmful germs.
Civilization impairs physical fitness.
Daily, from sunrise to sunset, the radio, newspapers and magazines broadcast to the world how to maintain health, how to regain health... the conflicting information, expressive of the different opinions of these various health authorities, has proved to be nothing less than confusion.
The lungs cannot be completely deflated at first without considerable effort.
With perseverance, however, the desired results can be accomplished and with increasing power, gradually and progressively develop the lungs to their maximum capacity.
A man is as old as his spine is flexible!
Normal muscles should function naturally in much the same manner as do the muscles of animals.
Not only is health a normal condition, but it is our duty not only to attain it but to maintain it.
It’s the mind itself which shapes the body.
Breathing is the first act of life, and the last.
Man should develop his physical condition simultaneously with that of his mind.
Concentrate on the correct movements each time you exercise, lest you do them improperly and thus lose all the vital benefits of their value.
It is the mind itself which builds the body.
Everyone is the architect of their own happiness
Physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.
When all your muscles are properly developed, you will, as a matter of course, perform your work with minimum effort and maximum pleasure.
By exercising your stomach muscles, you wring out the body, you don't catch colds, you don't get cancer, you don't get hernias. Do animals get hernias? Do animals go on diets?
Breathing is the first act of life and the last.
Our very life depends on it. Since we cannot live without breathing it is tragically deplorable to contemplate the millions and millions who have never mastered the art of correct breathing.
You're only as old as your spine.
The acquirement and enjoyment of physical well-being, mental calm and spiritual peace are priceless to their possessors if there be any such so fortunate living among us today. However, it is the ideal to strive for, and in our opinion, it is only through Contrology that this unique trinity of a balanced body, mind, and spirit can ever be attained.