Top 10 Benefits of Pilates
Pilates is a versatile and beneficial type of exercise that has many benefits for both your mind and body. Classes can be aerobic or non-aerobic and are able to be tailored to all fitness levels – but all classes require focus and concentration.
In Pilates, your muscles are never worked to complete exhaustion, instead, they are led through a series of precise ranges of motion meant to lengthen and strengthen all the major groups of muscles in your body in a balanced and coordinated manner.
If you’re considering trying a pilates class, we encourage you to do so! Here are 10 of the top benefits of taking Pilates classes:
- Improved Flexibility
In Pilates, you will work towards a safe and healthy increase in the length and stretch of your muscles, as well as an increase in the range of motion within your joints.
- Increased Muscle Strength and Tone
Pilates focuses on building muscle strength and tone that work well within the context of your existing body. You won’t be building muscles for show, but for functionality and improved quality of life.
- Improved Stabilisation of Your Spine
By building the strength in your core muscles and working on improving your balance, Pilates helps stabilise your spine and strengthen your back muscles. This leads to reduced back pain and a better range of motion for common daily tasks such as walking and bending.
- Improved Posture
Good posture comes from good alignment and a strong core. Pilates trains your body to move with strength and intentional posture. This is an invaluable benefit that will improve many aspects of your life.
- Improved Balance and Coordination
Pilates focuses on conditioning the deeper, supportive muscles that help you maintain balance and coordination through all aspects of life, whether you’re working in an office or training for a sport.
- Increased Lung Capacity and Circulation
Deep breathing and awareness of breath are fundamentals of Pilates exercises. You’ll notice this benefit not just in class, but in your daily life as well.
- Balanced Strength on Both Sides of Your Body
Pilates classes are designed to focus on creating a balanced strength on both sides of your body.
- Injury Prevention
By strengthening the most important muscles of your body, improving your balance and coordination and improving your spines stability, Pilates helps you maintain your overall health and reduces your chances of injury.
- Improved Concentration
Pilates isn’t just good for your body, it’s beneficial for your mind as well. Deep breathing, concentrated movements and focused techniques will help you tone your ability to concentrate.
- Stress Management and Relaxation
The Pilates principals – centring, concentration, control, precision, breath, and flow are meant to integrate your body and mind and help you manage your thoughts and emotions and promote relaxation.