Pilates is designed to strengthen and elongate the muscles, restoring the body to it’s natural balance. It has a holistic approach, which many doctors agree is one of the safest ways to get fit and take care of your body.
Exercise without pain
Pilates is a challenging workout which gives great results. It is gentle on the body and anyone can build strength, regardless of age or ability.
This form of exercise makes you aware of how you sit, stand and move. Being aware like this shows you how to relate to any previous pain or injury you may of had in the past. Showing you a new way to align your body and improve your posture.
Improving your abdominal muscles and core support makes for a stronger, healthy back and more flexible body. You can have hard muscles say pumping iron without the flexibility and in the long run this may cause damage, so flexibility is the key.
Instead of a gym workout where you may concentrate on working muscle groups in isolation, pilates works the body in synergy, concentrating on the bodies natural flow.
Pilates can be practiced with a mat or apparatus, combining the two will give you the most benefit. A great way to start is with one on one tuition.
It does require concentration, mind and body working together.
Article by Kylie Jazani