While we all know that Pilates has enormous health benefits, from recovering from injuries to the offset of osteoporosis, there are the core benefits that have to be remembered when we undertake any session. When these core benefits are built into our minds, we realise that every Pilates session is of a huge advantage.
1. Strength And Stability
Building muscle is often associated with weight lifting and extensive exercises involving more and more kilograms. The common line is “no pain, no gain”.
Pilates dismisses this premise. Increasing strength doesn’t have to involve intense sessions of iron pumping, and days of recovery. Your muscles can be gradually toned via movements that concentrate heavily on the parts that matter the most.
Pilates also works in ways that weight lifting doesn’t. Your overall strength is gradually improved without having to suffer cramps, or what is often referred to as “ripping”. You learn your own method and increase your strength accordingly.
2. Posture And Balance
Posture and balance are much the same thing when it comes to a Pilates exercise, as they both involve the ability to keep our body in form, while maintaining a balance that keeps us in concentration with, and in full knowledge of, the world and obstacles about us.
All Pilates exercises, from those performed standing, to those that use floor mats, aim to level our muscles out in a way that nature intended, and to strengthen the core groups – particularly those around the spine, which helps us maintain posture and balance no matter what our movement or everyday tasks may involve.
Anybody who has studied or started a Pilates class will know about the rapid boost in flexibility it provides. And, those who have been practising the art for a period of time will know – only too well – how unique this particular benefit is.
Pilates enables us to move in ways we thought impossible. It brings out the youth in us, and beyond. You are trained in a way that allows muscles to contract and expand based on the situation and task at hand, allowing you to easily accomplish things that would normally involve sitting down or enduring pain.
4. Prevention Of Back Pain
And, on the subject of pain avoidance, it is important to discuss the benefit Pilates has when back pain is present. This is a commonly noted fact of Pilates and one that certainly holds positive ground.
Back pain can be present in any individual, at any age. When left untreated, or eased via anti-inflammatory pills, the pain could possibly lead to much more serious complications.
Many exercises can be recommended for back pain from a doctor (and should be followed), but Pilates helps improve the problem and help eliminate it from occurring again in the future.
Pilates has slowly become more recognised as a form of exercise for back pain. Sometimes, exercises recommended to patients who suffer back pain are – pretty much – stolen from a Pilates handbook. Why settle for a miniature adaption when you could experience the real deal and keep the pain at bay, for good?