10 Reasons To Start Pilates

Have you tried Pilates yet?

If you haven’t you could be missing out….

Pilates is often called a perfect exercise plan as it is such a thorough workout. The aim of Pilates is to create balance in our bodies. Each group of muscles is considered and worked on equally.

There are many known health benefits of Pilates. But for us we think the greatest benefit of Pilates is that everyone has a unique and positive experience.

Here are our top 10 favourite reasons to start Pilates…

#1. Flexibility (in all senses of the word…)

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Pilates sessions help muscles to become supple

Pilates is the best way to stretch out muscles without straining too hard. Your flexibility is improved by working through sets of exercises while your body is moving and your muscles are warm.

Pilates is also very easy to adapt for individual student’s needs. This is not a one size fits all type of work out. Your Pilates instructor will be able to create a routine perfect for your own body.

#2. Rehabilitation.

If you have an injury that prevents you from your normal exercise routine, Pilates could help you…

Pilates was designed to help injured athletes maintain fitness without risking further injuries. The sets of exercises were created to relieve muscle tension with minimal stress.

Pilates could also help to rehabilitate old injures. Most injuries are the result of a muscle imbalance. Pilates aims to correct muscle imbalances and improve muscle strength.

#3. It’s a lot easier than you think…

Pilates is a good choice for everyone. From supermodels to grandparents everybody is able to join in…

You do not need a high fitness level to start Pilates sessions. A course of Pilates will slowly work on your fitness level and improve your flexibility for you.

Pilates is especially good for pregnant women or people with limited mobility. Sets of exercises can be changed to accommodate individual needs.

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#4. Stress relief.

Just like yoga, Pilates is great way to release physical and mental tensions.

The concentration required for the complex movements in Pilates helps to concentrate your mind. Focusing on your physical movements causes stresses and external distractions disappear.

In Pilates classes you are taught breathing patterns to match muscles movements that you can use in your day to day life.

Many people who suffer from stress or anxiety find breathing exercises extremely helpful.

#5. Weight loss.

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Tone your body with Pilates

It’s true that Pilates will never burn as much fat as a high intensity aerobic cardio based class…

But Pilates does help you become more mindful of your body and prevent you from gaining that fat in the beginning…

Pilates is a lifestyle. When a class finishes you don’t just leave Pilates alone…

If you incorporate the Pilates ethos of looking after and balancing your body you’ll find it a lot easier to change your diet and maintain a healthy weight.

#6. To build strength and tone muscles.

Nothing can build core strength like Pilates…

If you want 6 pack abs or rock hard thighs Pilates is the work out for you…

Every exercise focuses on keeping your core engaged while you stretch out other groups of muscles.

All of the balancing exercises are multitaskers that concentrate on groups of muscles rather than on one spot. This means your whole body always gets a full work out.

#7. For correcting posture.

Did you know most adults suffer from bad posture?

Modern stresses like sitting at a desk all day or driving long distances has a really negative effect on our muscles.

Pilates teaches how to realign the body by uses challenging stances and exercises to get the most from your rarely used muscles.

#8. To cure back pain.

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A professional Pilates instructor can help with back issues

We’ve written about how Pilates can help back pain before… (you can read that article here)

But for anybody who wasn’t already aware…

Pilates is an amazing way to cure back pain. The stretches and exercises help draw oxygen back into tired muscles and rejuvenate the spots where aches and pains appear.

#9. More efficient than a massage…

If you find your muscles are tight and aching Pilates will make you feel much better than a massage.

Pilates allows you to be in control of your muscles and to fix your own strains. As you are more involved in the healing process you’ll understand your body and prevent future injuries.

#10. It’s fun…

You have no idea how fun and addictive a Pilates class is until you try it…

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Pilates sessions are always a positive experience

Unlike traditional exercise classes you are not there just to beat a personal best or work up a sweat.

Pilates helps you focus on all parts of your body and most parts of your life.

And that’s just the first 10 reasons to start Pilates…

You’ll be surprised how quickly you see results and feel positive changes…

Forget the stereotype of women in 80s leotards waving their legs in the air…

Pilates is a modern and efficient work out that could help get your mind and body in shape.

What great results have you seen since starting Pilates? Let us know your experiences in the comments below…

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