You don’t need a gym.

You need an active lifestyle. An active lifestyle means you can do the things you want to do with your time, you can fulfill your dreams and you can enjoy meaningful experiences.

If pain, injuries or dysfunction are present in your day to day life, you need to start there. That usually requires the help of a practitioner (or two, or even three). If there is more than one practitioner, let them talk to one another.

And you need to learn some body sustainability techniques. To help you overcome compensations of modern life, including shoes, cars, desks, couches, pavement and flooring, chairs, invented sports and hobbies and day to day activities. I recommend Yamuna Body Rolling, which creates efficiencies of natural movement and makes everyday living as muscularly efficient as a workout.

You need balanced activities to modulate the stress that is inevitably present in modern life: noise pollution, processed food, lights that influence our sleep cycle, overwork and overstimulation, chemical exposure and etc. You don’t need to live in a box or commune to avoid these, but you need an intelligent calming measure to counteract these factors. My own personal biases move me toward recommending yin.

You particularly need core strength, in order to transfer the load that gravity imparts on us from above, and the forces created by the heel strikes of walking. You also need balanced strength and length of your muscles in order to lift, carry and pull things that you need to tote around. Children. Le Crueset pots. Camera. Your cellphone. Whatever it is for you and YOUR life’s most fervent passions – the list above is mine. I like Pilates for the functional fitness reasons listed above.

You don’t really need a “workout” at the gym if you have a full, abundant life. Your life should be a workout. Walking or riding your bike to work or stores, taking in arts and culture and travel and doing active things with friends and family.

I provide the tools in my studio to live a better life. To free up time, to be efficient in your movement, to sustain your body and to free yourself of the gym. If my recommendations look like “workouts,” they are not. They are 2-3 hours per week of material you can do on your own to sustain your life, commitments to living that are similar to the 2-3 hours a week you spend eating, or the 20 minutes a week you invest in brushing your teeth.

You need to be interested in being alive. You need to commit to taking care of your body with healthy food, abundant social connections and lots of daily movement. You need a small weekly investment in sustainably feeling good.

You don’t need a gym.

You don’t need a gym.

You don’t need a gym.

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