Pilates has become a very popular type of exercise over the years. Today we are going to be looking at the benefits to it.
Ever been told to tuck in that stomach, or to stand up straight? One of the benefits to pilates is becoming more aware of your posture. This is whether you are sitting, standing or moving.
The focus is on your core. You need a strong core in order to have better posture. But a stronger core can also prevent injuries, along with aches and pains of all sorts.
Now if you are looking to have a flatter stomach, pilates is less about that and more about strengthening your abdominal muscles. You can have a flat stomach and still have no strength. So other exercises can help in flattening your stomach but that isn’t the main work of pilates.
Those who engage in pilates find a variety of benefits, which may differ from one person to another. Some of the other benefits include a better range of motion, improved flexibility and decreased pain specifically in the joints, neck and back.
As with many other types of exercises, pilates also teaches you proper breathing. This ensures you are using maximum power in your exercise movements. It can also help reduce stress. Think about those who hyperventilate…a severe amount of stress usually accompanies that.
Pilates also conditions the entire body, so there is a balance in this form of exercise. This can help improve your performance in sports and other physical activities, along with preventing injuries.
Some of the types of exercises that are done with pilates include chest lift, roll up, rolling like a ball and side kick. They are gentle exercises that help to strengthen.
Those who do pilates on a regular basis say that they have a greater awareness of their body, they are more in tune to it. The benefits to this are numerous.
If you haven’t tried pilates, hopefully this blog will encourage you to give it a shot.
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