The Great Benefits of Pilates
One of the greatest exercises for women!
“I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.” — Joseph Hubertus Pilates, in 1965, age 86.
Runner or golfer, tennis player or new mom, chances are you’ve heard someone talking about the benefits of Pilates. Many types of people, at many levels of fitness, who have begun doing Pilates exercises say they’ve seen improvements in range of motion, flexibility, circulation, posture, and abdominal strength — and decreases in back, neck and joint pain.
This system of strengthening and stretching exercises are perfectly designed to develop the body’s core, mobilize the spine and build flexibility.
This great system of work out is specially beneficial for ladies too! I hear so often questions like: “ Will I have big muscles”? Be sure that Pilates will never make you “huge”!
Beautiful toned and lean muscles are the result of regular Pilates exercise. It even changes your shape by educating you in daily life. When you are cooking, brushing your teeth – the lesson are coming home to pull your stomach in and pull your shoulders down.
I believe it also teaches you how to train your mind and build symmetry and coordination in your body. The biggest benefit in my eyes would be personal awareness of how you sit or how you stand.
People sit often behind the computers the whole day, than they do some exercises in a gym or they run. But often they don’t use their core muscles. It is like with a tree. Three is strong at their roots and trunk. Without the strong trunk would a tree fall over.
It’s the same for human bodies. If we don’t concentrate on building a good foundation and a strong trunk or core, we will end up tight in some places and weak in others.
The greatest benefit of Pilates is indeed for most of us, visual side of it. Shape and tone! Muscles respond quickly to regular exercise, and after a few weeks of Pilates you should notice visible muscle tone and see your body begin to evolve. Pilates uses your body weight and the occasional prop as resistance for shaping your muscles, but it trains every part of your body evenly – front, back, and sides.
If you also combine exercise with proper diet to reduce body fat, you’ll notice your muscle tone become even more defined.
- Regular Pilates exercises will develop more muscle definition – sculpt your waist and shoulders and tone your abdominals, arms, thighs, and your buttocks.
- Pilates will change your body shape completely. With at least 2 times a week Pilates work out, you should see a beautifully toned and lengthened body emerge.