If you have never tried pilates before, you might be wondering what it is and why pilates is beneficial to you.
What is pilates?
Pilates is an innovative system of mind-body exercises making use of a variety of equipment including floor mats. A mind-body exercise, such as pilates, allows you to focus on the mental element of the physical movement that you are performing. This type of exercise allows you to increase your quality of movement, rather than the quantity of movement. Often, you will see the instructors issue lots of verbal “cues”, such as the quality of breathing, exhalation during exercise, rhythmic inhalation and proper body alignment.
Why should I do pilates?
Pilates is a class that teaches you good posture, body awareness, and graceful movements. It brings with it a whole host of benefits including, improving agility, flexibility, and economy of motion. It can also help alleviate back pain. Regardless of your condition or age, pilates will work for you. Let’s consider some of the key benefits of pilates below.
Develop a strong core
The exercises involved in pilates allow you to develop strong “core” muscles within the centre of your body. Your core consists of the deep abdominal muscles alongside the muscles that are located closest to your spine. You can achieve control of the core by integrating the pelvis, trunk and shoulder girdle.
Gain lean muscles and increase flexibility
Traditional workouts tend to be weight bearing and build bulky, short muscles which are more prone to injury. Pilates, on the other hand, strengthens and elongates your muscles which improves the elasticity and overall joint mobility. This reduces your risk of injury.