Why You Should Try Pilates in the New Year
New Year, new You, right? So enough talking, let’s get straight to the point – try pilates in the New Year.
To all of you sceptics out there — an unfit international civil servant, corporate executive slaving away behind the computer screen, or a buffed gym devotee, or a spiritual yogi, or an avid runner add Pilates to your training regime, it is your golden ticket ! Research has shown that Pilates improves:
- Body awareness
- Spinal mobility
- Muscular endurance
- Lower back pain
- Bone density
And not only that! We are giving you here five compelling reasons why you should try Pilates in the New Year
1. Prevent injuries.
Injuries can leave us incapacitated for weeks and months. But what if we could use exercise as a way to prevent injuries rather than cause them? Pilates focuses on your core, strengthening your abdominals and back muscles. Think about how much you use your core every day without even realising: to stand up, walk, bend over, even to sit in a chair. If you suffer from back pain, it’s probably because these muscles are weak. Strengthen them and you’ll alleviate current woes and help prevent future pain.
2. Build core strength and long, lean muscles.
For most of us, the core is the weakest part of our bodies, but it’s our center, where all our strength originates from. When it’s weak, the entire body is weak. Pilates focuses on exercises that constantly engage the core, working on a deep level. Unlike weight lifting that can cause muscles to shorten and bulk, Pilates focuses on resistance and assistance training to work both sides of muscles simultaneously. This allows the muscles to elongate to get that long, lengthened, toned muscle look.
3. Increase flexibility, coordination and balance.
Not surprisingly, your balance and coordination come from your core as well. When Pilates strengthens your core, those muscles that control balance and coordination are also strengthened, helping to prevent falls and injuries. Increased flexibility also allows muscles to lengthen and be more pliable so they can bend and stretch further to alleviate the possibility of injury.
4. Eliminate shallow breath and increase lung capacity.
It has been scientifically proven that controlled breathing has score of health benefits: increased focus, decreased stress, enhanced relaxation, better circulation, more efficient respiration, and lower blood pressure. Pilates is unique in its use of specific breath patterns, forced active exhalation and employment of the lateral/intercostal breathing technique. With this intense focus on breath, the exercises become more fluid, precise and controlled and the Pilates practictioner’s mind becomes free of distracting thoughts. By the end of the session, one usually leaves exhilarated, less anxious and with a deeper understanding of the relationship between the body and the mind.
5. Look 10 pounds thinner
Pilates helps you improve your posture, and the simple act of standing with good posture can make people appear 5-10 pounds thinner. And more confident, too! Pilates is not just an exercise method, it is a lifestyle. You don’t leave the class behind when you walk out the door. You try to incorporate all of the elements into your daily life—engaging your abs, standing tall, relaxing your shoulders, moving with grace.
Pilates is so versatile that you can do it anywhere. All you need is your own body.
Still wondering if Pilates is right for you? Joseph Pilates, the father of the method, once said, in “10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you’ll see the difference, and in 30 sessions you’ll have a whole new body.” Doesn’t that seem like something wort trying?