Pilates works the body in a functional way, using muscles in synergy with each other. This is the way that the body is designed to be used and the movement sequences performed can prepare you for the physical challenges of everyday life.
Poor posture accounts for a variety of aches and pains that hamper a large percentage of the population. According to the BBC Health web site, ‘4 in 5 adults experience back pain at some point’ (BBC Health). Pilates teaches you to consciously maintain optimum anatomical alignment in all positions and during movement. Pilates is a great way to tone & strengthen your muscles, by coordinating the body as a whole, we are stronger, thus reducing the chances of injury caused by overuse of one area.
Pilates work outs are designed to improve balance and coordination by teaching a greater connection between the mind and body. Many of the clients I have trained have forgotten how to use various muscles and their reaction times are slow. This is often very frustrating for them and it comes as a surprise. Pilates is an ideal way to get back in touch with your own body so that you can use it to its full potential.
Joseph Pilates used his system to rehabilitate injured soldiers and today Pilates has gained public recognition as a method of rebuilding strength and function following injuries. One great benefit of Pilates is that it is low impact and that makes it ideal as a form of physical therapy. Pilates is not a substitute for medical advice. However, doctors, physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths cannot do your exercises for you. Your time with them is often brief and then you are on your own in the intervening periods. In most cases, you don’t think about their advice again until you are in the clinic waiting for your next appointment. One of the great things about Pilates is that it provides you with a structured method of taking control and improving your own strength and stamina. Pilates is a great way to improve the structural integrity of your body.
Pilates will contribute to your overall strategy to lose weight by increasing muscle tone. Muscle is metabolically active; the more of it that you have the more calories you will burn. The best way to get the weight off would be to combine regular Pilates sessions with regular cardiovascular training. Other than increased muscle tone, Pilates will strengthen your body, preparing it for the more dynamic calorie burning work outs. Pilates can also help to increase self-esteem and reduce stress levels, both factors are closely associated with weight loss.
Pilates trains you to stay focused on your movements. This is ideal for pushing out the voices in your head that are reminding you to pay the bills, get the washing machine fixed and finish that work project that was due in yesterday. Pilates also teaches you to breathe properly which is another recognized stress reduction technique.
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