What is Pilates?
Pilates is a low-impact exercise that uses slow, controlled movements to target your core – the abs – as well as other areas of the body such as the legs and buttocks. The precision of Pilates allows you to concentrate on your breathing and the muscles you’re working as you move through the routine.
Is Pilates different from yoga?
With yoga, you tend to hold the poses, while Pilates is about each movement flowing into the next in a fluid sequence. Pilates can be mat-based as well as practiced with equipment such as a resistance band or stability ball.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
Pilates focuses on your core muscle groups to build strength, fitness, and flexibility throughout your whole body. With regular practice, you’ll notice:-
- a flatter tummy
- improved posture
- better balance
- greater joint mobility
- improved fitness levels
- better muscle tone
Pilates is also good for protecting your lower back and reducing tension in your shoulders and neck. And because Pilates focuses on body awareness, you’ll be less likely to suffer from aches, pain, and injuries.
Is Pilates good for your mental health?
Yes! Pilates is all about the mind-body connection. When you’re practicing Pilates you’re in the moment, thinking only of your breathing and the physical movements. It can help to reduce stress and bring a feeling of calm and relaxation.
Is Pilates for everyone?
Absolutely. Whatever your age, ability, or fitness level you can do Pilates. It can be practiced by everyone – from gym bunnies looking to improve strength and general fitness to people with limited mobility who want to gain more flexibility.