While Pilates works exceptionally well as an exercise in its own right, it can also be very beneficial to those of us that already follow an exercise routine.
This fact is written, in a sense, in Pilates history. It was, after all, developed as an exercise to help sporting professionals and dancers and the like, overcome injuries. To this day, it is still used by such professionals to help keep their body toned and flexible while they are recovering from any mishap.
And, of course, all sporting professionals have realised that Pilates isn’t just an exercise that should be applied during times of physical distress, but an exercise that should be utilised to maximum potential at all times. Not only does it help prevent future injuries, but it makes any workout all the easier to accomplish, with greater results.
This is the main reason why Pilates works with other exercises. It keeps our body ready for the stress it is about to undergo. And it helps keep those aches and pains at bay.
Nearly all exercises recommend a stretching session prior to a workout, and a cooling down stretching session post workout. With Pilates, this phase can be – if you so wish – skipped (although, always tell yourself which is working the best for you, and there is absolutely no harm in doing both). Stretching our muscles and keeping our body flexible is what underlies the entire concept of Pilates, helping make sure that we are firing on all cylinders when it comes to any other form of stress, from mild exercises to body punishing routines.
By keeping ourselves consistently flexible and able to move in all manner of positions, we help overcome the common problems associated with other exercise regimes, and especially ones that involve intense weight lifting. With weights, it is often advised to perform stretching exercises, followed by milder weights to begin with, in order to get the target muscle group prepared. With Pilates, this may well have already have been achieved.
And, there is the mental factor involved with Pilates. This is often the misunderstood part.
With Pilates, your mind is geared to cope with changes in body structure, texture and your overall sense of well-being. With other exercises, we are considered to work continuously, upping our methods and weights on a regular basis, with no complete mindset in what we are doing. This can often lead to frustration and fatigue when targets are not met.
Pilates helps change that. Via having a mindset that concentrates on the here and now, we are also able to focus upon the tasks ahead. Our body is becoming tuned in to an exercise to come. In this regard, adding that extra kilogram to the weights, or running that extra mile, is easier achieved.
In order to witness this, you really must consider a Pilates class. Words can not explain the difference it makes to your current exercise plan. But, we can promise one thing – they will make one hell of a difference.
Both your body and your mind will be tuned in a way you never thought possible.