Pilates is a type of workout that targets your whole body through a series of movements that relax and strengthen your muscles. You may have heard about Pilates or watched videos of people doing Pilates. But do you really understand the effects of these movements on your body? Regardless of whether you are a beginner or an athlete, Pilates is beneficial to everyone, as it teaches all the basic moves required to activate your inactive muscles.
Why is it important to do Pilates?
During your daily life activities, your body uses the same muscles in the same motion as your body previously recognises. This can lead to the shortening or tightening of some muscle groups and the lengthening or weakening of the opposites muscles that are not being used.
Pilates is carried out by a range of movements that targets those muscles which are not regularly used. It provides a stretching effect to the muscles that usually become short due to overuse and strengthens those muscles that become weak as a result of disuse.
Keeping these basic movements in mind, let’s have a look at the benefits of Pilates for your body.
1. Core strength
As we’ve already talked about the fact that Pilates strengthens your muscle, here is how it is done. During your daily work routine, you use your arms and legs much more than using your trunk. This behaviour causes your core muscles to become weak over time. Pilates increases the strength of your abdominal muscles, glutes, back muscles, and thigh muscles. All these muscle groups are responsible for providing stabilisation of your spine. Their weakness results in the overuse of your peripheral muscles for maintaining stability.
During the exercise, your body follows a range of movements that specifically strengthening these muscles. By using the Pilates Circle you can strengthen the different muscle groups in your upper and lower body.
Pilates is known as a great workout for core strengthening. It is also considered a good workout for improving muscle length. The overuse of certain muscles during our daily routines leads to the tightening of your upper back, neck, and leg muscles. These may be felt at their tightest after working in your office or at home. Doing Pilates regularly stretches the muscles that are generally prone to shortening and thus it improves your body’s flexibility and range of motion. It’s easy to massage your shortened upper back and neck muscles using the Redondo Exercise Ball.
Pilates also improves your posture. The common postural faults include a forward head posture (FHP) and sway back posture (lumbar lordosis) both of which are treated effectively if you practice regular stretching and strengthening exercises.
Hence Pilates gives you a full package covering all aspects of your musculoskeletal health.
Pilates does not only focus on a muscles and bones workout, but it also includes following a breathing pattern to improve oxygen intake. Therefore, with this mechanism, it improves cardiorespiratory endurance, and it is not a high-intensity exercise.
In short, Pilates is a low-impact workout that promotes circulation and breathing and prevents fatigue.
Pilates focuses on the entire body, not just a single area or system. It has been proven by research to improve static and dynamic balance by facilitating your brain to memorise and control your movements. It improves coordination by improving neurological control along with muscular control.
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6. Back Pain
Strengthening the core muscles, creating a good posture, and relieving muscle spasms are all factors contributing to preventing and treating lower back pain. With core muscle strength, your spine remains in a neutral alignment, thus your back is not strained while doing any household or office work.
7. Injury prevention
Once you attain strength, flexibility, balance, and endurance, you encounter fewer injuries. By improving your dynamic strength and stabilisation, Pilates makes your body suitable for physical challenges like heavy sports, bodybuilding, and athletics.
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8. Body Awareness
Lastly, Pilates is a mind-body workout, which means that it keeps your mind connected with your body. This practice creates an awareness in your brain about your body status including, posture, strength, problem areas, weak points, and pains. Pilates connects you with your body at many levels which enhances your emotional, physical, and aesthetic well-being as per recent studies.
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