In the 1920’s, a man by the name of Joseph Pilates observed people doing yoga, and animals moving how they naturally do at the zoo and came up with a series of movements that allow a human to stretch and build muscle that he called pilates. Pilates is considered to be a “low-impact, big result” workout regimen. It was intended to be a workout for dancers with injuries. Knowing it’s intended purpose it should come as no surprise that the series of movement works out the entire body but also tends to focus more on the core muscles and balance.
Here are a some health benefits of Pilates :
- Improved Posture – One of the main benefits of practising pilates regularly is that it improves your posture. All the exercises you perform in Pilates classes promote proper skeletal alignment. In addition to this, they strengthen the muscles which are responsible for good posture. The good posture you get from Pilates allows you to move more freely, breathe more easily and avoid health complications associated with bad posture such as poor blood circulation, back aches, neck pain, a tight chest, slipped disc and other back problems.
- Better Balance – A further benefit of Pilates is that many of the exercises boost your balance. This improved balance has many practical benefits in your day to day life and helps you to better coordinate your movement, reduces your risk of falling, makes you more agile, increases your reaction times and much more.
- Reduced Injury Risk – As mentioned above, pilates does an excellent job of boosting your posture and strengthening your muscles. It also strengthens your joints and improves your flexibility. This enhanced physical state makes you much less likely to get injures with during exercise and generally as you go about your day to day life.