Pilates is one of the most challenging yet rewarding workouts! So, it only makes sense that we shine a bright, beautiful light on its benefits during National Pilates Day.
For those unfamiliar with Pilates, it’s a workout that aims to improve flexibility, build one’s strength, develop control, improve posture and concentration, and increase stamina and endurance. Fun fact: Did you know John Pilates introduced Pilates, which he called “Contrology” because it’s the art of controlled movement?
Keep reading to discover four amazing benefits of this special workout.
Develops core muscle strength: Pilates targets core muscles, including the lower back, hips, buttocks, and abs. Patterns of movements, working around these areas, strengthen and build endurance in the muscles.
Reduces discomfort in various body parts: Because Pilates focuses on core muscles, many of which support the back, Pilates tends to decrease hip and back pain and reduce pelvic floor discomfort (but consistency is key!)
Improves posture: Did you read that and immediately straighten up? Well, Pilates helps to align the spine, resulting in good posture. The full range of motions and upper and lower back support, bring awareness to one’s alignment, leading to stronger postural muscles that are often neglected during workouts.
Positively affects the nervous system: In short, Pilates decreases stress! Through concentration and breathing, Pilates helps to regulate your nervous system and manage stress healthily.