Benefits of Pilates
01 Sep 2015
We tend to lose touch with our bodies as life gets crazy and finding personal time becomes harder, but with the renowned and powerful exercise movements of Pilates, you can truly calm both your body and your mind. This highly reputable workout prioritises quality over quantity, to provide you with more flexibility, strengthen and conditioning per each succinct session - perfect for finding a place within your daily routine. And don't worry if you've never tried it before, because Pilates offers a level for everyone and the more you do it, the more fine-tuned you'll become. We let you in on the top 5 reasons why you will want to incorporate Pilates into your routine.
1. It Strengthens Your Core
Pilates gives your core an excellent workout by strengthening the abdominal muscles, specifically the rectus abdominis, which is the special muscle that enables a six-pack or "abs", while also working the pelvic, shoulder and trunk girdle and the muscles closest to your spine. Through such strengthening, your stomach becomes flatter and your back becomes stronger, resulting in an overall improved posture and greater stability.
2. More Balance and Flexibility
Remarkably, Pilates works the whole body for greater flexibility and muscular balance with such advantage, your risk of injury is significantly lower. Pilates works to elongate your spine and to improve muscle elasticity for developing lean muscles and significantly enhances the movement of joints within your body. So for those who aren't very flexible to begin with, you'll actually find yourself increasingly adapting after each session as your form intensifies.
3. Increased Brain Power
Achieving the whole benefit of Pilates requires concentration, as it motivates you to take notice of the way you breathe, to connect with your body and to divert your focus onto how both your body and mind counteract with each other. This deep reflection proves the perfect escape from the stress of everyday commitments and helps you to clear your mind for greater mental power both during and outside of your session.
4. It’s Low Impact
It may be challenging, but in comparison to other exercise forms that are particularly strenuous and heavy on the muscles, Pilates is relatively low impact as it mostly consists of reclining and sitting positions where movement is both controlled and slow with minimal bearing on your joints. Through this, Pilates proves ideal for people of all training levels as it's particularly safe, which is why it's also used for injury rehabilitation.
5. Establishes Body Technique
Through such conditioning over a prolonged period of time, you will be re-training your body for better, safer and more effective movement throughout all physical activity. Persisting with Pilates works wonders for your entire body, providing you with the balance, strength and control you need for endurance in all sporting and fitness fields.
Looking to give it a go? Visit Kaya Health Clubs in Pran Central for expert advice from highly qualified Pilates instructors, where as a member you will have access to over 145 classes per week specialising in Pilates, Yoga and Fitness. Kaya specialises in Pilates Reformer, Pilates Mat and offers Pre & Post Natal Pilates Reformer.
"In 10 sessions, you will feel the difference,
In 20 sessions, you will see the difference,
In 30 sessions you'll be on your way to having a whole new body..."
- Joseph Pilates