Pilates is a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements. Pilates emphasizes proper postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance. Pilates is named for its creator, Joseph Pilates, who developed the exercises in the 1920s. If you are looking for a workout to improve your strength, flexibility, concentration, and is gentle to your joints – Pilates might be the right workout for you.
Here are 6 reasons you should try Pilates now:
Improve Core Strength:
You will increase muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks (the ‘core muscles’ of your body).
Pilates helps you to enhance muscular control of your back and limbs and improve stabilization of your spine.
The movements in Pilates will help you improve flexibility. “Being flexible and having full joint mobility can have several beneficial implications on quality of life, including: reducing day-to-day pain and increasing vascular health” states Jimmy Haley at the Center for Fitness and Wellness at Penn State. “Tight muscles do not allow joints to reach the full extent of their range of motion, which can lead to pain and injury.”
Prevent Injuries & safely rehabilitate.
Pilates not only helps flexibility, but it also helps to balance your muscular strength on both sides of your body which helps to prevent injuries. Many injuries result from overuse. Pilates helps to prevent these injuries and helps you to safely rehabilitate if you already suffer from musculoskeletal pain.
Improve physical coordination and balance.
The movements in Pilates work on your coordination and balance. Pilates can help you relax your shoulders, neck and upper back. Who doesn’t want that?
While you will increase your lung capacity and circulation through deep breathing, you will also improve your concentration. Pilates is great for increasing your body awareness, while helping you relax and manage stress.