The History of Pilates
Pilates was invented by Joseph Pilates, a German National, as a self-exercise. As a fragile, sickly and asthmatic child, he took to exercise to improve his body. The purpose of pilates exercises is to stretch and to strengthen your body. That is why it is so popular with most sports athletes and dancers.
How Pilates Changes Your Body
Pilates is one of the most rewarding types of exercise, because it encompasses stretch and strength. It improves flexibility in the safest way while avoiding injury. It has gained a reputation for helping improve the overall physical state of the body. As a series of breathing techniques combined with stretching, it is designed to improve the body’s core. This includes the muscles in the abdomen, back, and buttocks. It strengthens the body through improving posture strength and flexibility.
The basic ideology behind it is to use the body’s mental ability to improve movement, efficiency and muscle control. This is also why they say that Pilates somehow improves the mental state. Plus, it also makes you aware of proper posture! It aids in the development of the muscles in the back and abdomen, further promoting good posture.
Many pilates enthusiasts and users have testified to the effectiveness of this program. With regular classes, the bodies become well balanced and stronger. Some say that after each workout, you can instantly feel the difference it has made to the parts of the body, mainly the legs, back and abs. Aside from increased strength, weight loss is what many people aim for when they do Pilates.
Why Everyone Can Do Pilates
Forget going for a run, pounding on pavement with the potential risk of getting shin splints, a knee injury or worse, falling. Pilates is one of the safest exercise systems in existence. The only equipment used is a floor mat. But for more advanced pilates enthusiasts, other equipment can be added to simple routines. You can sign up for a reformer class as well. These machines are there to challenge the body by making it stay in certain positions, while moving the other parts in differing directions. Once you begin this solid workout regimen, you will begin to notice healthy improvements in your body.
Regardless of whether you are 20 or 60 years of age, this exercise can work for anyone male or female, old or young. No matter what condition you’re in, the health and fitness benefits are endless. Pilates improves flexibility, core strength and range of motion. It is also known to help alleviate chronic health ailments as well as fight back pain.
It’s an exercise that bonds the mind and body allowing them to work together to establish balance. But the biggest benefit is, pilates improves overall body alignment. It makes it less prone to injury.
Benefits of Pilates
- Improves breathing
- Corrects spinal and pelvic alignment through the concentration of slow, flowing, smooth movements with maximum power
- Builds long, lean muscles that are less prone to injury, while building strength without the bulk
- Improves flexibility and range of motion
- Improves back and abdominal strength
- Creates balance between muscles. Because weak muscles become stronger and the strong muscles also gain more strength. It is never over training any particular muscle group. This balance makes it easier to enjoy daily activities with less risk of injury
- Pilates allows you to retrain your body to move in smoother, safer, more efficient patterns of motion. This is essential in optimal performance and overall health
- There is no pounding or bouncing involved, making it one of the safest forms of exercise. This is why it began as a rehabilitation exercise system for sports athletes and dancers
- It is an intense exercise system working all muscle groups. But it still sustain and improve overall balance. If you are looking for a fitness routine that is safe and easy to do pilates can be perfect for you
- It’s fun and relaxing
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