5 Reasons To Give Pilates For The Holidays (According To Joseph Pilates)

Pilates is the perfect gift for loved ones and friends. If they already do Pilates, there is no better gift than... more Pilates classes!

(Read: 5 Gift Ideas That Support Your Inner Circle)

And, if they have never tried, they will love it. It truly changes lives.

Pilates is more than a form exercise; it is a system that helps you achieve your maximum physical potential. It is a full-body work out that will not only give your more strength and flexibility, but mental control and calm.

Here are five reasons to give Pilates for the holidays, straight from the source, Joseph Pilates. (All quotes are from Return to Life by Joseph Pilates):

1. "Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness."

When you give Pilates classes, you are giving happiness. What better gift is there? Drop mic. You won Christmas.

(Read: My Pilates Story: Pilates Saved My Life)

2. "You are only as young as your spinal column."

Fancy face creams and anti-aging serums will only get you so far.

Sure, these products aim to turn back the hands of time, but the real fountain of youth lies within you. If you want to be young, you gotta be mobile.

You need to be able to move freely, and pain-free, through life. Pilates is the real fountain of youth.

"If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old; if it is completely flexible at 60, you are young."

The great thing about Pilates is that it can help everyone, of every age and ability, from athletes to senior citizens. (Read: The Truth About Pilates)

3. "Every moment of our life can be the beginning of great things." The time is now.

How many times have you heard friends and loved ones complain about the way their life is going. They hurt, they're tired, they're busy and stressed.

Pilates teaches you to control your body using your mind. Once you master that, you begin to feel more in control of your life and the situations around you.

It creates more ease, and less stress. Great things follow. (Read: Five Reasons to Try Pilates Now)

4. "It is better to be tired from physical exertion than to be fatigued by the poisons generated by nervousness while lying awake."

Do you have a partner who has trouble sleeping or is dealing with anxiety? Well, here you go. Get them Pilates. Get yourself some sleep.

5. "Developing minor muscles naturally helps to strengthen major muscles."

Is that athlete in your life constantly trying to get bigger, stronger, more efficient and productive?

Pilates will help get them there, and will keep their body safe and healthy in the process.

Pilates also helps to prevent injury, so they can play harder, longer.

If your friend of loved one doesn't have a studio of choice to purchase sessions from, check out your local studio. They likely offer a gift certificate or introductory package for new students. Learn more about Pilates here: Frequently Asked Questions By First-Time Pilates Students.