I just re-discovered pilates. It's a nice easy-going pace of stretching and working of your core muscles, while lying down a lot of the time. Yay for that! I took the Core Dynamics 1 Mat Class at Body Harmonics in Toronto and felt relaxed and 'worked out' at the same time. The exercises are targeted with lots of emphasis on your breathing. It's a great way to start off your day, because you're forced to really centre yourself and listen to your body.
For those looking for a more intense workout, I highly recommend trying a Reformer Foundations class. A pilates machine of pulleys and weights helps with resistance exercises that works your core muscle groups - and it doesn't let you cheat either. Each mat and reformer class is led by a very zen and non-pushy instructor. Which let me learn at my own pace and not feel like a total idiot. Drop-in Classes at Body Harmonics start at $22 and a special $45 unlimited intro week pass is also available. I'm a big fan of the drop-in because I never know where my crazy schedule will lead me on some nights. The Dupont studio also has a gorgeous view of the city skyline at night and gets lots of bright light during the day.
So if you're just getting back on the hamster wheel of 'working out'. Try easing into a pilates mat or reformer class to get you into the swing of things.
Two Locations @ 672 Dupont and 488 Eglinton