Why Pilates? WHY NOT!?

12 Sep

“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.

Pilates can make a huge difference in your health without taking a toll on your body.  In Pilates, the QUALITY of movement is valued over quantity of repetitions. Proper breathing is essential, and helps you execute movements with maximum power and efficiency.  In turn,  learning how to breathe properly can reduce stress!

Pilates is gentle, but it’s also challenging.  Many of the exercises are performed in reclining or sitting positions, and most are low impact and partially weight bearing. Pilates is so safe, it is used in physical therapy facilities to rehabilitate injuries.  It is also an extremely flexible exercise system. Modifications to the exercises allow for a range of difficulty from beginning to advanced, so you get the workout that best suits you NOW, and you can increase the intensity as your body conditioning improves.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!  Check out the rest of these tremendous Pilates benefits:

  • Amazing Abs |  Develop a strong core – flat abdominals and a strong back:  Pilates exercises develop a strong “core,” or center of the body. The core consists of the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine. Control of the core is achieved by integrating the trunk, pelvis and shoulder girdle.
  • Long and Lean | Gain long, lean muscles and flexibility:  More conventional or traditional workouts are weight bearing and tend to build short, bulky muscles – the type most prone to injury. Pilates elongates and strengthens, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility. A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured.
  • Whole Body Conditioning | Create an evenly conditioned body:  Pilates conditions the whole body, even the ankles and feet. No muscle group is over trained or under trained. Your entire musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned, helping you enjoy daily activities and sports with greater ease, better performance and less chance of injury.
  • Total Body Awareness | Train your mind and build symmetry and coordination in the body:  By emphasizing proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and concentration on smooth, flowing movement, you become acutely in tune with your body. You actually learn how to control its movement.

Remember:  The best project you’ll ever work on is YOU!  SEE YOU AT THE STUDIO!

~Dayna
PX Studio

Article Sources
WebMD (www.webmd.com)
Balanced Body (www.pilates.com)

 

 

 

 

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