Posted by: bodywisecoach | December 28, 2009

“To Be Fit” by definition—Pilates Workouts as Mind Body Nutrition

“To be fit” by Websters’ definition, is to be in good physical condition, to be in good health. I would like to support the process of each of my clients on their journey of discovering their personal fitness goals.

For me, the more interesting part of this process is to understand the many aspects of “fitness,” and then share those with my students.

I will point to the most salient pieces of the Fitness puzzle:

  • Mental fitness
  • Physical Fitness
  • Psychological Fitness
  • Emotional Fitness

Each of these parts of ourselves comes into play when we take on our mindbody as our primary project with mindbody exercises. Imagine working in the Physical realm while integrating all others—to discover oneself through movement.

I am not talking about exercise as a structured event where someone is telling you what to do, how to do it, and for how long. I am talking about using an “exercise” to begin the integration of mindbody and Spirit.

As an example of exercise, and for this specific purpose, let us look to the “abdominal Crunch.” I suspect that even while you are reading this (if you tune in) you are feeling a certain way about the idea of the abdominal crunch and possibly connecting that feeling with images or thoughts. Your experience could be in the form of a picture, notion, a feeling of physical discomfort, a smile, a motion—or you may just want to get onto the floor and try one…or NOT!

You could begin to feel anxious or just want to stop reading right now…or challenge this writer and comment: “So what about this will lead me to the path of self discovery?”

Lie down and try an abdominal crunch right now…Do it in a way that, of course, you are not hurting yourself, but let your body show you the way. What happens?

Mind Body Nutrition—Can You Connect and Use a Mindbody approach?

Try the same with conscious breath (Latin def.Breath-Spirit). Exhale as you engage, inhale as you roll down feeling each vertebrae touch the floor. Remember you get to choose the way in which you do this and you get to inquire.

The goal is “to be fit.”   What does that look like for you? Is this going to be:

  • In the image and likeness of the latest model on the cover of Pilates Style magazine?
  • Or the person next to you at the gym?
  • Or the image you see in the mirror, which may or may not reflect who you take yourself to be?
  • Or you, the one who feels the glow or feels the smile forming at the corners of your mouth?
  • Or the one who just feels ready to write the next blog…

I don’t know

you tell me.

Building a better world one BODY at a time,

Deborah Iole

Bodywise Coach



  1. Hi Deb,
    Thanks for this post. It was inspiring! I know I feel success with my goal to be fit when I feel strength and inner balance to the core! Thanks for showing me how to connect the two.

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