Pilates was originally developed to help injured athletes regain their strength though exercise. Pilates requires focus, as it involves moving your body through a range of motions that is aimed at stretching all your muscles while maintaining a particular breathing pattern and overall rhythm. Pilates utilizes repetition and sometimes the use of specialized resistance equipment.
Here are some benefits of Pilates, whether mat-based or equipment-based:
Improves overall posture
With proper alignment you can improve your posture, which will in turn affect the frequency with which you experience regular aches in the back, neck and shoulder areas. Pilates will allow your muscles to hold up your body without undue straining on only one muscle group. Not only will improved posture ease your aches, it can also give you a boost of confidence.
Pilates can improve your flexibility because it focuses on movement. You will be able to stretch further, and with less pain, because your muscles will be warm during stretching. The focus on motion will allow your body to stay warm, as your blood continues to circulate throughout the exercises.
Like any other exercises you will look better with Pilates. This targets all your muscles and so it will have an overall effect on your body. With better posture and increased flexibility, you will experience muscle toning, a straighter back and even a tighter tummy. You may even develop a faster metabolism.
Pilates is a calming and effective mode of exercising. Focused on breathing and stretching the muscles, it is almost akin to meditation or an intense form of yoga. Your body will get the exercise it needs and you will be able to relax your mind.