7 reasons why Pilates will make your life better
As Joseph Pilates once said:
‘The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning develops the body uniformly, corrects posture, restores vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit.’
1. Pilates helps to correct imbalances.
Pilates is known to help correct imbalances in your body by concentrating on realignment of muscles, stretching some whilst strengthening others. This is extremely beneficial especially in this day and age as most individuals have desk jobs and spend most of their days sitting starring at a computer screen, becoming increasing more hunched over with rounded shoulders.
2. Great for increasing energy.
One of the principles of Pilates is breathing. Everyone breaths without thinking so why is this given such a major focus during classes? The reason is because by learning to breath efficiently and fully, it increases your lung capacity. With a larger lung capacity, the body is able to take in more oxygen and when combined with glucose produces energy. The more energy produced the better individuals will feel.
3. Feel good factor.
The body is clever, during and after any type of exercise it releases a chemical called endorphins. This chemical has a positive effect on the body, it makes you feel good. Why wouldn’t you want to do exercise!
4. Can help with lower back pain.
Pilates focuses on building the deep muscles of the abdomen and back. Some individuals refer to this area as a corset. The stronger this area becomes the less likely individuals are to have lower back pain.
5. Fabulous arms.
Pilates isn’t just about improving the abs, it is a full body workout with great results on arms. A lot of people notice the change in their arms before anything else. This is because a lot of the exercises include the arms as you have to hold your own body weight to complete the exercises. I think it’s a sneaky byproduct of Pilates!
6. Improves flexibility.
Pilates is known to improve flexibility. Nearly all of the exercises conducted in Pilates will help with your flexibility. It concentrates on all muscle groups not just the large global muscles which is what happens in other sports. A good reason to incorporate Pilates into your exercise regime.
7. Stress relief.
An hour of Pilates will help your stress levels. If you attend a class, whether it is an equipment or a mat class, it will help you focus your mind on yourself. You are there to follow instructions with no added distractions. A good way to unwind after a busy day at work.
The benefits of Pilates are great. If you’ve not tried a class you need to give it a go, you’ll be hooked immediately! You do not need to take part in group classes at a studio, Pilates can be done in your home with just a mat. It is so versatile that you have no excuse not to practice!