Do I Need Equipment To Do Pilates?
A high-quality mat is an essential of piece of equipment for Pilates.
Even if the venue where you attend classes provides mats, I still recommend you bring your own, as it's more hygienic to use your own mat (even when the standard practice is for students to wipe communal mats down after use).
If you only do Pilates, then you only need purchase a mat specifically for Pilates. However, if you're open to doing Yoga classes as well as Pilates classes, you should invest in a Yoga mat instead.
The reason is that a Yoga mat can be used for both Pilates and Yoga, whereas a Pilates mat can only be used for Pilates. This is because Pilates mats are thick and spongy, and have way too much give for practising Yoga. A thick, high-quality Yoga mat, on the other hand, is suitable for both types of class (and many others besides, like Body Balance and Barre).
SAY NO TO PUPPY MILLS! SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN PETSHOPS! SAY NO TO BREEDERS!
Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance
It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.
Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.
Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.
Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.
Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.
If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.
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