The Benefits of Pilates
By Remy I.
“New year, new me” is the anthem of 2015. Resolutions have been made and people are starting anew. One of the top resolutions for this year is to exercise more. Pilates is one form of exercise that will not only help you keep your resolution, but also provide you with many benefits.
Pilates obtained its name from its founder, Joseph H. Pilates. He became infatuated with sculpting the perfect body. He is the prime example that his method works. He says, “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.”
It does not matter what level of fitness you have. Anyone can participate in Pilates. Exercises range from beginning to advanced, which allows Pilates to be both gentle and challenging. Every muscle group is trained to give you optimal body control. Hoyte Pyle, MD, says, “Pilates works the whole body in synergy.” Your entire body will be conditioned, balanced, elongated, and strengthened.
Pilates is low-impact, which means it won’t be jarring on your body. Dan Westerhold, a Pilates-trained physical therapist says, “People sit slouched at computers all day, then go to the gym and work their extremities. They don’t use their core.” Pilates will help you develop a stronger core because the deep abdominal muscles will be worked. Your flexibility, stability, muscle elasticity, and joint mobility will greatly increase.
Pilates will strengthen your lower back, hips, and thighs. You will gain long, lean muscles and become more aware of your body. Your posture and health will benefit from this awareness. “The biggest benefit in my eyes would be personal awareness — awareness of how you sit or how you stand or how you move…” says Pilates teacher Aliesa George.
Through all of these benefits, you are less likely to be injured. Pilates also aids in injury rehabilitation. Overall, you will see better performance in every daily activity you do. It is a strength training-workout, so it is recommended that you supplement it with some form of cardio. Pilates provides many benefits to people of all ages. Through hard work and consistent practice, you will reap these benefits and be one step closer to a new and improved you.