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Pilates has been a godsend for many people. Every form of exercise has its positives and negatives, but not many medium-intensity workouts do so much for so many areas of the body and your overall sense of wellbeing. The benefits of this exercise are not limited to increasing core strength, although that reason alone is a good excuse to begin a Pilates programme.
Pilates increases flexibility and helps you develop better posture all while toning your arm and leg mussels. It also enables you to develop better breathing habits. All of these things have many knock-on health benefits. As an example, here are a few ways Pilates can help you in your daily life.
1. Strengthening your abdomen and pelvis
A strong core doesn’t only make your stomach look great, but it also does wonders to increase balance and stability. This is why many athletes focus so much on developing this area of the body. It also increases energy and reduces the chance of incurring minor injuries.
2. Creating a stronger pelvis
Nothing builds your confidence like a stable pelvis. While there is no way to show off a strong pelvic floor, the increased control over your bladder and the benefits it provides in uterus and bowel support will remove any hesitation many women have putting themselves in social situations, especially where a bathroom may be a fair walk away. Many women seek out Pilates for pregnancy (pre and post) and find it extraordinarily beneficial during the second stage of labour. While a strong pelvic floor can offer significant help to mothers and mature women, it is essential for women of all ages and all stages of life.
3. Better breathing
It may seem silly to suggest that anyone would need to be taught to breathe, but it is a reasonably safe bet to assume that most persons are not doing it right or efficiently. Pilates involves precise moves and breathing techniques. Proper breathing helps distribute oxygen more efficiently to all areas of your body. This increases energy, which improves blood circulation and aids digestion.
If you’d like to know more about the benefits of Pilates or would like to book a class at The Pilates Room, reach out and speak to a member of our friendly team today!