For certain people, the idea of lifting heavy barbells in the gym may not seem too appealing. This is especially true for those who don’t have much free time, have weak joints, or are intimidated by high impact exercise. If you are one of those people, read on.
Pilates is perfect for staying in shape without the risk of injury that accompanies weight-bearing exercises. It does not have the same impact on the joints, but it can help you stay fit and healthy from anywhere in the world. That’s right, you don’t need to go to a gym or a studio to stay in shape. You can do Pilates at home, in the office or in your hotel room when you’re traveling for work.
Health Benefits of Pilates
Engaging in Pilates workouts will yield several benefits which include:
- Muscle building
- Weight Loss
- Improved mobility
- Improved posture
- Injury rehabilitation
- Core strengthening
- Improved muscular endurance
- Improved cardiovascular health
- …and many more
So how do you stay fit with Pilates?
- Prioritize balance and stability
As you get older, you may find that you don’t feel as stable when performing certain activities such as doing household chores or engaging in physical activities. As a result, the potential for injury could increase as well. Pilates develops the full range of motion of your muscles and improves stabilization around the joints.
Increased stability is essential to improving functional movements. This will also translate into posture and balance.
- Prevent and treat ailments such as arthritis and osteoporosis
Regardless of age, you will want to do everything within your power to prevent age-related ailments such as arthritis and osteoporosis. Even if you are in your early twenties or thirties, that doesn’t mean you can’t take measures to ensure that you’re protecting your long-term health and wellbeing.
Pilates workouts can increase bone density and prevent loss of muscle mass. It also strengthens the muscles around the spine and hip, resulting in better posture. It also prevents the development of the “hunch” that is common for older people. Studies show that Pilates has also been shown to reduce or even reverse the effects of diseases like multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s in certain individuals.
- Manage your weight
Are you trying to lose weight but don’t know how? Several studies show that Pilates is an effective workout program for losing weight, particularly body fat. The challenging Pilates routines create a stimulus for lean muscle mass retention, and the caloric burn (and after burn) help burn body fat. This results in a leaner body composition over time.
There you have it!
Pilates is not only safe and effective, it’s also a sustainable way to live a healthy lifestyle. Most people who engage in regular Pilates sessions love it because they are enjoyable and relaxing at the same time. Those who wish to join group classes at school or in the workplace also prefer Pilates because it fosters camaraderie and closeness between individuals. If you’re looking for a fun and fit team building activity, give Pilates a try.