A Runner or golfer, tennis player or a new mom, chances are you’ve heard someone talking about the benefits of Pilates. ‘Pilates’ has become the latest fitness buzzword and probably is the key for healthier lifestyle through mindful movement.
For so many of us, Pilates are much more than just an exercise method – they are a way of life. A reawakening of dormant muscle and brain cells, Pilates give us the opportunity to live a life where the gap between functional motion and enlivened thought has been bridged.
Pilates have gained immense popularity because of several reasons. According to the fitness experts, Pilates involve mind-body exercise, as they call for a lot of balancing moves for strengthening the core of the body. Pilates is a form of exercise that is sustainable and can be performed by everyone.
It is a safe excercise system that helps you look and feel your best. It causes body awareness and an improved body posture. Pilates also improve flexibility, agility and economy of motion.
Benefits of Pilates
Pilates can do wonders without taking a toll on your body. A refreshing mind-body workout, they lay emphasis on proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment and concentration on smooth movement. With regular practice you can develop a strong core – flat abdomin and a strong back.
Additionally, Pilates have moves with varying degree of difficulty and these exercises are often scaled from a beginner’s level to the advanced. One can choose according to one’s level of fitness. You may opt for a workout that best suits you now, and increase the intensity as your body conditioning improves.
How Pilates are different
Pilates are more dynamic than yoga but less energy intensive than aerobics, jogging or a gym-workout. Whereas most formal workouts may focus on building stronger muscles, Pilates work as much or more to strengthen the weaker ones too. The result is a balanced body, with better joint mobility, a firm musculature and good, natural posture. Pilates help you achieve such posture by strengthening the centre of the body so that it may support the lower back, helping one maintain a straight, firm posture.
Whilst other forms of exercise may often cause injuries, Pilates not only help to treat injuries but are themselves so controlled and low-impact that they are extremely safe – if taught, that is, by a trained instructor. What’s more, the awareness of your body that you will develop enables you to avoid the same injuries or problems recurring in the future.
Now equipped with the required information, you are good to go and experience some pilates- magic at a studio near you!