Yesterday I have to confess that I struggled to get to my Pilates session.
I was so tempted to cancel it, after a late night on Tuesday, celebrating the investiture of the new King of the Netherlands at the Peninsula Manila.
However it was a one-on-one session with Brenda Lim of UP Pilates, so it wasn't as easy as simply not showing up at the last minute.
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So having had very little sleep, I managed to drag my way to Brenda's Pilates studio.
But as soon as I slid the door open, the first thing I said to her was: "I'm not in the best of health today."
She thought I said this because I was sick. Actually, I was just sleepy and tired.
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It's such a great mind-and-body training. If you're on a one-on-one session, then all you have to do is focus on your movements and breathing. Talk about a great mental workout.
Of course there's the physical aspect as well.
WOW, I'M DOING SIT-UPS!
Suddenly I was moving muscles I never thought I had.
As for sit-ups, which were never compatible with me in the first place, I discovered that there's an easier way to do sit-ups using the specialized Pilates equipment in Brenda's studio.
Brenda teaches the Fletcher Pilates method, by the way, developed by dancer and choreographer Ron Fletcher, who was among the first-generation students of Joseph and Clara Pilates, developers of the Pilates method.
I was doing some movements with the equipment, and these were actually versions of a sit-up -- which I have never done willingly in my life, by the way.
But with the Pilates equipment, I find I can actually do such movements.
NEXT STOP: TOKYO MARATHON....
I really like Brenda's studio, by the way. She has a complete Pilates studio and you have the whole place to yourself for your private session. After the session, I felt completely energized.
I said to Brenda: "After this session, I can run home now. Or even run a marathon." It was amazing how I'd arrived pretty lethargic and now I was leaving thinking about a marathon.
She seemed pretty pleased. "Can I put that on my Facebook?" She asked me.
I replied: "Sure."
I never say anything I don't mean, you see, and I really could have run home after that session, and just another energizing morning in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.
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