29 Mar Part 2: Ten Benefits of Pilates
Following our post last week outlining what Pilates is, we continue this week with how Pilates can benefit you:
1) Pilates is Adaptable & Accessible
Male or female, overweight or super-fit, elderly or young, injured or elite athlete, it doesn’t matter! Pilates is for everybody and every body. Pilates exercises can be modified to fit individual needs. Its basic principles of mind-body connection, proper alignment, and core strength are applicable and accessible to everyone.
2) Allows for Improved Posture & Balance
Pilates trains the body to use core strength to support posture, allowing the neck and shoulders to relax. It will make you stand and sit taller, and reduce lower back pain. Strengthening this core control and stability will also improve balance.
3) Regain Strength & Flexibility
Pilates exercises elongate and lengthen muscles. They boost flexibility and joint mobility while strengthening the body. They will give you an increased range of motion and toned, long, and strong muscles.
4) Helps Reduce Stress
Pilates encourages a mind-body connection. Integrating body and mind increases awareness and learning to breathe properly clears the mind, calms the body, and reduces stress levels.
5) Improves your Sports Performance
Pilates strengthens your core, which is the centre that connects all of your muscles. Pilates is a full-body workout, meaning no muscle groups are over or under- worked. The whole body is conditioned, from head to toes. This allows for evenly balanced muscles and a strong core. When your core is strong, all activities and workouts can improve and become easier.
6) Great Pre & Post-Natal Fitness and Rehabilitation
Pilates is fantastic for pregnant women and women who have recently given birth. It can reduce lower back pain, strengthen pelvic floor and stomach muscles, improve balance, encourage relaxation, control breathing, manage incontinence, and help regain pre-pregnancy posture and fitness.
7) Management of your Lower Back Pain
Once again, a strong core equals improvement. Pilates exercises can strengthen weak muscles in the lumbar-pelvic region, the site of lower back pain. This stabilisation alleviates stress on the area and gives greater mobility. Pilates will also stretch tight back muscles, and correct poorer postures and alignment, which can lead to back pain.
8) Great option for Rehabilitation from Injury or Surgery
Pilates is gentle, and many exercises are performed in a sitting or reclined position, making it ideal for rehabilitation. It is low impact and low weight bearing, and exercises can be easily modified to suit each individual patient. By practicing proper technique, it enables the body to move more efficiently, which can also prove helpful in injury recovery.
9) Prevention of Injuries
Many Pilates exercises focus on muscle isolation, which target the weaker muscles in the body. This means that imbalances caused by regular everyday activities are corrected, strengthening your body as a whole. Exercises also use muscles that you will use in your day-to-day life, and teach your body how to use them correctly. Correcting these muscle imbalances improves your overall strength and allows the body to move naturally. This means you are less likely to sustain an injury.
10) Move more Efficiently
Pilates can train your body to change the way you move without you even realising it! Correct technique encourages your body to move more efficiently, which can improve overall health. Since Pilates trains several muscle groups at once, your body will adapt to new patterns of movement.