As you know, some of our Bestmed Tempo offerings have gone virtual. Yes, preventative care is an invaluable part of holistic wellbeing. But why Pilates? In fact, what is Pilates?
Pilates is a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements. Pilates emphasizes proper postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance. Pilates is named after its creator, Joseph Pilates, who developed the exercises in the 1920s.
Pilates moves tend to target the core, although the exercises work other areas of your body as well.
Some benefits include:
- Abs and core strength
Pilates really hits your core muscle (or ‘powerhouse’ as it is called in the Pilates world), which has effects on your lower back, abdomen, hip and pelvic muscles. Not only is a strong core essential for exercises, it is also essential for everyday tasks such as carrying heavy items and picking up your shopping. And us all trying to make less frequent trips to the grocery store, this may help when carrying all the grocery bags in one go!
- Good workout for your entire body
Even though the focus of Pilates is on developing your core strength, it also plays a part in developing a full-body workout. This ensures that no specific muscle is overdeveloped or underdeveloped.
- Perfect rehab for back pain
It is a quick fix, but many people have seen their back pain gradually improve after practising Pilates.
- Improves posture
Poor posture forms as a result of bad habit such as slouching at your desk and chair, which can eventually cause back ache, neck ache, etc. The bad habits often result in asymmetrical muscle development, where some muscle become weaker than others. Pilates can help to strengthen those underdeveloped muscles and improve posture.
- Places no pressure on your knees and joints
Since Pilates consists of slow and controlled movement, there is minimal impact on your joints. This is naturally ideal for those who can’t (or won’t) take part in high-impact sports and exercises.
- Great for the whole family
It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, fit or out of shape, flexible or not, Pilates is one of a handful of exercises which can benefit everyone.
- Boosts your mental health and improves focus and concentration
Pilates helps to create a body and mind relationship, where concentration, focus and meditation come together to help boost mental health.
An important part of Pilates is that it pushes you to focus on your body, full breathing, and how they all work and move together. It is with focus and concentration that you are more likely to benefit from the exercise.
- Improves sports performance
Many sportsmen and women find that their body are misaligned due to the one-sided nature of certain sports e.g. swinging a tennis racket or golf clubs.
As Pilates helps to balance your body, develop muscular symmetry, and align your posture, sportsmen and women find that Pilates can help to reduce the likelihood of injuries.
- Increases flexibility
It was Joseph Pilates who said: “true flexibility can be achieved only when all muscles are uniformly developed.”
So rather than saying you can’t do Pilates because you are not flexible enough, you should actually participate in Pilates exercises to help improve flexibility.
- Beneficial both during and after pregnancy
One of the great benefits of Pilates is how it can help with spinal and pelvic alignment. This is particularly beneficial for pregnant women and women who have just given birth, as the physical changes that come with pregnancy can put a strain on your alignment.
During pregnancy, Pilates can help to maintain fitness levels, strengthen pelvic muscles and also promote efficient body mechanics. These are ideal as your body prepares for the strain of childbirth.
During childbirth, the strengthened pelvic floor will also make it easier for mothers-to-be to give birth.
And after the pregnancy, Pilates can help you to recover and return your pre-pregnancy body.
So, it doesn’t matter how old you are, at what fitness level you currently find yourself or whether or not you have an ailment, join our online Pilates classes today!
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