5 reasons Why Everyone Should Do Pilates17 Dec 2015
Millions of people around the globe are experiencing the lifelong benefits of Joseph Pilates’ vision. It benefits your body and life no matter your age, gender lifestyle even if you have previous injuries.
1. Prevent injuries
Injuries can incapacitate your body for weeks, months, even years. This does not have to be a reality. Pilates is a way to prevent and heal injuries rather than cause or aggrevate them like weight bearing exercises.
Pilates focuses on your core, strengthening your abdominals and back muscles. Take a second to think about how much you use your core every day without even realizing: to stand up, walk, bend over, even to sit in a chair. If you suffer from back pain, it is likely due to muscular weakness. Strengthening weakened muscles alleviates current pain and helps prevent future pain / injury.
2. Build core strength and long, lean muscles
Our core is where our strength originates from, when it’s weak, our entire body is weak.
Pilates focuses on exercises that constantly engage the core, resulting in flat abs and a strong back. Unlike weight lifting exercises which shorten and bulk muscles, Pilates focuses on the body’s own resistance and assistance training working both sides of muscles simultaneously. Your muscles elongate achieving a long, lengthened, toned appearance.
3. Increase flexibility, coordination and balance
Your balance and coordination also come from your core muscles. Using Pilates to condition your core muscle helps prevent falls and injuries. Increased flexibility and strength allow the core muscles to lengthen and become pliable. This gives you ability to bend and stretch further enhancing flexibility, balance and coordination, preventing the possibility of injury.
4. Pilates is for everyone
Pilates is genderless with no age restriction. Those of you with old injuries or suffering with pain, pregnant or looking to improve the condition of your body will benefit from doing Pilates. Pilates enhances your posture, body awareness, connecting mind and body. It can be gentle or challenging depending on your goals. It’s proven to aid in the treatment and management of pain due to its low-impact exercises which remove stress off your joints and bones.
5. You can do it anywhere
Pilates is remarkably versatile. You can do it almost anywhere: at home, in the gym or studio, in a hotel room, even on the beach! Even doing 15 minutes of Pilates in your day will benefit your body. You don’t need expensive equipment. Pilates uses your own body weight as resistance. But if you do desire more challenge to our practice, you can add weight balls, resistance bands and other small equipment to increase the intensity and resistance.