The beginnings of Pilates are humble: What started as a form of therapy for war veterans wishing to rehabilitate their injured bodies gradually developed into an organized practice that caters to everyone who wishes to strengthen their entire body from the core outwards. Conceived in the 1920s, Pilates has had time to be developed and perfected. With almost a century of history under its belt, Pilates has been able and still continues to weed out the bad exercises and keep the good. Here are reasons why it may be the best regimen for you.
1. It’s a low-impact exercise
Pilates is easy on the joints and poses no health risks and injuries. This makes it the perfect workout for beginners who don’t want to get into strenuous and highly intense training right away. At the same time, Pilates is also a good choice for pro athletes, because its routines strengthen muscles without damaging them.
2. It stabilizes the core muscles
The core — which includes your back muscles, abdominals, obliques (the muscles in your waist area), and pelvic floor — protects quite a number of vital organs. Pilates makes this area stronger and more stable, turning it into a veritable structure protecting your internal organs. A solid core also enables you to do tasks that require twisting or bending (like reaching for an object on the top shelf or swinging a golf club) with little difficulty.
3. It aligns the spine
Pilates not only trains you to be conscious of your posture, but also helps you correct it by strengthening lower back stabilizing muscles, i.e., the muscles that hold the spine upright. A strong and aligned backbone is especially beneficial (one can even say necessary) to people who work desk jobs and sit down for most part of the day.
4. It helps you breathe better
Breathing is a fundamental principle in Pilates, and most — if not all — exercise cycles begin with an intake of air and end with an exhale. Pilates also teaches specialized breathing techniques that allow you to maximize oxygen intake that, in turn, facilitates correct muscle activation. These breathing techniques will help you perform daily tasks with greater ease, and you won't be catching your breath when climbing stairs or going on your morning run.
5. It makes you more flexible
Body parts that aren't frequently used lose flexibility over time. Fortunately, Pilates works all muscle groups, so your body will spring back to its pliable state. If you’ve ever seen pictures of people contorting their bodies while doing Pilates and thought, “I can’t do that,” then prepare to be proven wrong. Bit by bit, the exercise will unkink your tense muscles and loosen your joints, and you will regain or even improve your flexibility.
Pilates is a full-body workout that engages your mind and body and offers numerous benefits. It’s challenging, but it’s also easily modifiable to complement your fitness level without compromising your health goals. Ready to discover all the benefits of Pilates? Book a class with C2 Body today.