From dancers to professional athletes, Pilates has been a secret weapon to looking good and performing at their best. It is great way to cross-train with cardio workouts and achieve long, lean muscles and better control of the body.
But it is not just for these active people. It also helps the aging, those with disabilities, and those with neurological disorders. When Pilates was developed during the World War I, its original purpose was to rehabilitate the injured soldiers from the war. Fast forward today, it benefits people from all walks of life.
Who knew that a discipline created to rehabilitate wounded soldiers would become one of the most popular forms of fitness today?
Here are some ways Pilates can make a difference in your life:
More Flexible Body
Just like the saying, “If you can’t be flexible in life, you become irritable with life” It means that flexibility is important for a quality life. Improving flexibility will enhance your performance in various physical activities and reduce your risk of injury. Pilates works to stretch and strengthen your muscles using controlled movements.
Our power lies in our core, the central column of complex muscles in the torso and pelvis. It isn’t called the powerhouse for nothing. With a strong core to support our body, we’re able to practice proper posture without any pain. If you have a good posture, you’ll look taller and thinner and feel more confident.
Less Stress, More Happiness
Pilates requires you to slow down and focus only on your body and your movements. This improves your concentration and allows you to focus on the present moment rather than the stressors around.
Deep breathing in Pilates promotes relaxation. It slows your heart rate, relaxes your muscles and decreases blood pressure. Also, deep breathing increases oxygen supply to your brain, releasing the ‘feel good’ hormones which helps you fight stress and anxiety naturally.
Prevents and Repair Injuries
By strengthening the core, Pilates exercises promote an even musculature throughout the body. Pilates sees the core as the centre of the body, where deep abdominal muscles, along with the muscles around the spine lie. It also helps correct the alignment of your spine and hips, which is critical for us to move as we’re supposed to and to prevent pain and injury.
The Pilates system is flexible and low-impact, making it a powerful means of rehabilitation to rebalance the muscular system.
It is highly effective in rehabilitating injury. The reason behind is because of its principles. In addition, it is modifiable for each individual and still be effective. The movements can range from basic to very advanced, depending on how an individual needs to progress or how severe their injury is.
If you are looking for a way to see rapid changes in your life, start doing Pilates. Not only can you benefit from it physically, you can also reap the rewards by having a good lifestyle and a healthy mind!
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