Health and fitness goals often top everyone’s New Year’s resolutions. After all, the New Year is an opportunity to turn a new leaf and become the best version of yourself. If you’re one of the millions of people who want a healthier lifestyle in 2019, here are compelling reasons to consider Pilates as your gateway to fitness.
Pilates is a holistic exercise
While most exercises focus only on some parts of the body and fail to develop other parts, Pilates is a one-of-a kind routine that works all muscle groups. It’s a compendium of integrative exercises that sees the different parts of the body as connected instead of as discrete areas to be developed. Pilates also promotes strength, flexibility, and muscle development from your core to your limbs, making sure that your growth is holistic and even.
It strengthens without bulking
Unlike weightlifting that bulks arms and shoulders, Pilates builds lean but strong muscles. Instead of overdeveloping the body, it tones your physique to reveal your best natural figure. It tucks in the flab under your arms, trims your love handles, and contours your legs while making you stronger.
It’s easy on the joints
Pilates started as form of therapy for injured war soldiers and dancers, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that it’s one of the safest exercises. It’s made of low-impact moves that are demanding to the muscles but easy on the joints. However, this doesn’t mean that Pilates doesn’t work the joints. In fact, it gets you into positions that will allow your joints to make a wide range of movements that they won’t typically do during a regular day.
It helps prevent injuries
Instead of muscles for show, Pilates gives you functional fitness, or fitness that allows you to function better while doing everyday tasks. By giving you more body control, sharper focus, better flexibility, improved strength, and a higher sense of balance, you can avoid injuries as you go about your daily life. With your Pilates training, you can duck, slide, or spin with ease.
It gives better posture for people of all ages
Pilates improves posture, which is beneficial whether you’re a millennial who spends a lot of time looking down at your mobile device, or an older person who may have lost some bone density. Through specialized poses and movements (sometimes with the help of equipment), Pilates stretches the body, defines rounded shoulders, and strengthens the muscles supporting the spine, transforming your hunched stance into a straighter, taller, and more elegant one.
It assists in weight loss
Pilates may be a low-impact exercise, but it sure helps you lose weight by burning fat and improving your metabolism. What’s more, it’s adaptable to your fitness levels and needs: if you want to lose weight faster, you just have to add intensity to your Pilates workout. At BeatBarre, for example, we use equipment like ball and weights to keep your heart rate up and your attention engaged. We also spice up the classes by changing the rhythm of the music from time to time, making sure that your body doesn’t hit a plateau. By doing so, you keep improving and shed more kilos.
Fulfill your fitness resolutions in 2019. Pilates is your complete body routine that helps you hit all your goals while keeping you challenged. Ready to be the best you this year? Book a Pilates class with C2 Body today.