HOW CAN PILATES MAKE YOUR LIFE BETTER?

EVERYONE WANTS TO LIVE A HAPPY AND FULFILLED LIFE. PILATES IS A SYSTEM THAT USES CONTROLLED MOVEMENTS TO STRENGTHEN THE CORE AND STRETCH THE ENTIRE BODY.

Pilates is Functional Fitness

Pilates helps to improve habitual posture patterns. Often, chronic pain in the body can be remedied through correction of movement patterns. Pilates helps you to do this by assessing the way you stand, sit, and walk through daily life. Over time, this will lead to a better functioning body as well as pain management.

Muscle Tone Only

Pilates provides long, lean muscle through concentrated muscle focus. Each exercise specifically targets a major muscle group, while also impacting the smaller muscles. When you learn to train these deeper muscles, and not just the superficial ones, it creates less bulk and gives these larger muscles a break, as well.

Pilates strengthens your core

A strong core means that you can move through daily life with more control and support over daily tasks such as lifting, sporting activities with increased spinal support. Additionally, it decreases your risk of getting injured. Many times, a weak core manifests itself as lower back pain. This can, in turn, cause you to “throw your back” when trying to lift a heavy object. Keep your lower back- and your core- happy by keeping it strong.

Stretch It Out

Pilates exercises are designed to not only strengthen your muscles but also to lengthen. Each exercise utilises the full range of motion of the body so that joints are mobilized and muscles are stretched. Keeping the muscles pliable also helps to decrease the risk of injury from, over stretching or reaching and lessen pain associated with chronic movement patterns.

Improved Brain Function

Two of the key Pilates principles are control and concentration. Each exercise has a specific focal point (muscle group activation) that should be performed with precision and control. This helps to keep the brain sharp and can improve focus even when you're off the mat. Additionally, it will increase your mind-body connection, empowering you to feel self-aware.

Breathe More

Pilates also uses deep breathing techniques combined with core activation, so you really get the most out of every exercise. This occurs by activating the diaphragm, your breathing muscle, which helps stabilize the core. Additionally, the body will receive more fresh oxygen every time you inhale deeply and exhale completely by using the diaphragm to its full capacity. Breathing also helps focus each movement pattern during the workout.

Breathing is one of our biggest detoxification systems, so when we do this consciously, we can expand our lung capacity and nourish our muscles more. Not only will your body function better, but so will your mind. Not to mention, deep breathing helps to activate your parasympathetic nervous system aka the “rest and digest” system, which relieves stress and can boost your mood and immunity!

Janie Ash