Pilates is a rather unique exercise regime. It transforms the way the body looks, feels and performs and builds strength without adding bulk. It combines resistance exercises that build strength with other movements that are designed to balance the total body. In a Pilates session, every part of the body will receive equal attention, resulting in better posture, better balance, increased flexibility and agility and a body awareness that likely didn’t exist before Pilates.
There are many benefits of Pilates, but everyone will experience those benefits differently. Here are some of the most important benefits that one should expect to experience from a regular Pilates workout program.
*Pilates provides a relaxing and refreshing mind and body workout. An added benefit is that it improves one’s concentration and memory.
*Regular Pilates exercises can help a person sleep better, reduce stress and alleviate anxiety. It also increases and improves a person’s ability to relax.
*Doing Pilates regularly can increase a person’s overall energy level.
*Pilates is designed to help people connect with their own bodies by emphasizing proper breathing, proper pelvic alignment and proper spinal alignment. Improved posture leads to greater balance and control of the muscles.
*Pilates helps build, strength and develop greater flexibility and leaner, but firm muscles.
Because Pilates exercises strengthen and elongate the body, joints are more mobile and muscles are more flexible. Because all parts of the body are equally strong and flexible, the likelihood of serious injury is significantly lessened. Pilates exercises focus on each part of the body with equal intensity.
*Developing a strong core, flat abdomen and stronger back.
Everyone wants to have a flatter abdomen. Pilates principals are essential to each exercise, and the major focus of all exercises is a strong core or center of the body. The Pilates core consists of the deepest abdominal muscles as well as those close to the spine.
To control one’s core, it is necessary to integrate the shoulder girdle, the trunk and the pelvis.
*Pilates improves one’s posture and helps to alleviate back pain.
Through a regular regimen of Pilates exercises, one will have much better posture, and that will result in less back pain.
*Pilates strengthens the legs, improves the shape of the leg and defines the muscles.
*Regular participation in Pilates can reduce the risk for for future injury and it can be helpful for resolving existing ones.
Pilates draws on some of the principles of yoga as well as some of the movements from dance. What Joseph Pilates succeeded in doing was combining all of these elements in one exercise program that provides every part of the body with equal benefits. When we do weight training, it is necessary to use different machines to work different parts of the body.
One cannot work the legs, the arms, the abs, the back, the shoulders, the feet and the head at the same time in most other workout programs, but that is exactly what a Pilates work out does. The greatest benefit is that through Pilates, one can do a complete total body workout with little to no impact and very little chance of injury in the process.