Pilates continues to grow in popularity as more people embrace this form of exercise to improve their health and well-being. From complete beginners to experienced practitioners, Pilates offers many benefits both for the body and the mind. Let’s take a look at what you can expect when you decide to give Pilates a try.
While you don’t need to be flexible to begin with, as you develop your Pilates practice, you’ll notice that your range of motion improves as your muscles lengthen.
WHOLE BODY WORKOUT:
The beauty of Pilates is that no muscle is neglected, and you’ll truly be working every part of the body. Not only does Pilates target large muscles group, it also works the smaller, rarely used muscles.
FOCUS ON CORE STRENGTH:
While Pilates works every muscle of the body, there is a particular focus on core strength and engaging those deep abdominal muscles. With every session, you’ll find your core muscles getting stronger and stronger.
EASES BACK PAIN:
For sufferers of back pain, particularly lower back pain, you may find some welcome relief with regular Pilates practice as your core stabilises and is better able to support your back muscles.
As you simultaneously improve your strength and flexibility in Pilates, you will find that your posture improves as you stretch and strengthen the muscles surrounding your spine.
If you are suffering from an injury which is making it difficult for you to exercise, Pilates could be perfect solution and is the favoured choice for athletes to assist with injury recovery.
LESS PRESSURE ON JOINTS:
Are you looking for exercise which does not place undue pressure on the joints? Pilates has a reputation for being easy on the joints due to the slow, controlled exercises and lack of impact.
ENHANCED MIND AND BODY CONNECTION:
In Pilates, you’ll learn how to use your breathe to transition between the various movements. This helps you become more in tune with your body as you flow between each exercise.
REDUCTION IN STRESS:
With our busy lifestyle, self-care is important and regular Pilates practice allows you to take time out and focus on yourself and your body. This can go a long way in reducing your stress levels.
SUITABLE FOR ALL LEVELS:
One of the best things about Pilates is that it is suitable for all levels, whether you’re new to exercising or a professional athlete. Simply let your instructor know where you’re at and they can modify where needed.