By Anne Pyle
Teach Your Body How To Move
We all tend to have favorite exercises, but it’s good to change things up periodically, because different kinds of exercises can benefit your body in different ways. This is why our fitness plan should include a range of exercises -for different muscle groups and different purposes.
Pilates is a great, low-impact, deep muscle strengthening exercise, great for building core strength and endurance.
Like yoga, pilates is a mind body practice.
In yoga we train our mind to achieve quiet mindfulness.
In pilates we train our mind to become aware of how our body moves.
By isolating and exercising specific parts of the body, pilates retrains your body to new and improved movement.
For some specific benefits of Pilates, enjoy this list from Pilates for Beginners, by WeightLossResources.com.
Total Body Workout
Pilates works the body in a functional way, using muscles in synergy with each other. This is the way that the body is designed to be used and the movement sequences performed can prepare you for the physical challenges of everyday life.
Core Stability & Postural Alignment
Poor posture accounts for a variety of aches and painst. According to the BBC Health web site, ‘4 in 5 adults experience back pain at some point’ (BBC Health). If your parents didn’t teach you to sit up straight, then pilates is definitely for you. Pilates teaches you to consciously maintain optimum anatomical alignment in all positions and during movement. By coordinating the body as a whole, we are stronger, thus reducing the chances of injury caused by overuse of one area.
Muscle Tone and Strength
Pilates is a fantastic way to sculpt your muscles. (Combine it with a cardiovascular workout to exercise your heart and lungs as well).
Improved Body Awareness
By showing the mind and body how to talk to each other, pilates improves our balance and coordination. It’s an deal way to get back in touch with your own body so that you can use it to its full potential.
Pilates for Weight Loss
Pilates will contribute to your overall strategy to lose weight by increasing muscle tone. Muscle is metabolically active; the more of it that you have the more calories you will burn. Other than increased muscle tone, pilates will strengthen your body, preparing it for the more dynamic calorie burning work outs.
Pilates trains you to stay focused on your movements. This is ideal for pushing out the voices in your head that are reminding you to pay the bills, get the washing machine fixed and finish that work project that was due in yesterday.
There are many forms of Pilates. The original hard core Pilates includes equipment, such as the Pilates Reformer, Chair, Barrels and Cadillacs—as pictured below. So due to the size and expense of the Pilates machines, it’s best to get started at your local health and fitness club or gym, as these are not so practical for most homeowners.
However, there are numerous low-tech but effective options in private classes and DVDs you can do at home, as well as Pilates personal trainers.
For more deep dive into Pilates, you may enjoy perusing this information from WeightLossResources.com site.
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