Julie Lawson Timmer grew up in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. She lives in Ann Arbor, MI, with her husband, their four teenage children, and two rescued dogs. By turns, she is a writer, lawyer, mom/stepmom, and dreadful cook. Her first novel, Five Days Left, is out in paperback. Her second book, Untethered, was released earlier this month. She shared this personal story exclusively with FirstforWomen.com.
What it is: Whether done on an exercise mat or with a special machine called a Pilates Tower, pilates focuses on controlled movements, emphasizing alignment, breathing, and engaging the core.
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Required energy level: Low
Pros: It’ll work your entire body, but it doesn’t feel too strenuous, so it’s not something you have to psych yourself up for. I loved the focus on posture: Once I’m back at my desk, I remind myself to straighten my back, open my chest, drop my shoulders for the rest of the day.
Cons: It can be very expensive. Tower classes cost more that mat, and private sessions are a stunning hit to your wallet.
Keep or dump: Keep. Yes, it’s a luxury because of the price, but I love what Tower classes have done for my posture, core, and figure, all without hurting my joints. And I really like having a non-intense option.
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