Can I Do Pilates If I'm Injured?

Yes, Pilates is okay to do if you're injured - as long as your health professional gives you the go-ahead to do it.

In fact, Pilates was created to help injured dancers remain active while they couldn't dance, so Pilates is the perfect exercise for someone rehabilitating from an injury.

Preferably, you'll do some private Pilates classes to start with, as that will give you the individual attention you need while nursing an injury. But if that's not possible and you attend group classes, be sure to tell your teacher of your injury before the class commences.

However, the most important thing you can do when exercising with an injury is to know your limitations. Of course, to get anywhere, you must challenge yourself - but you have to be smart about it. If you don't push enough, you'll never get results. If you push too much, you'll exacerbate the injury or even attain a new one. This is something your body will help you with: listen to your body, and it will tell you what your limitations are.

So the answer to the question "Can I do Pilates if I'm injured?" is a resounding YES, with two stipulations: make sure you have the go-ahead from your health professional, and know your limitations.

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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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