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 :
- Increased Strength – Pilates strengthens all the muscle in your body by using a combination of dynamic and static strength training. The structure of Pilates exercises also ensures that all muscles in your body get targeted and that no muscle groups are ignored. The best part is that pilates develop functional strength and endurance which can be applied in your day to day life.
- Enhanced Core Stability – One of the six principles of Pilates is centring. This principle states that strength should be developed from the inside out and that every movement should begin from the core and flow outward to the limbs. Performing the movements in this way strengthens the deep muscles in your abdomen, lower back and pelvic floor and provides the rest of your body with the stability it needs to function effectively.
- Improved Flexibility – As already mentioned, Pilates workouts involve numerous dynamic movements. These dynamic movements gently stretch and lengthen your muscles while also increasing the range of motion in your joints which ultimately boosts your overall flexibility. This improved flexibility has a number of related health benefits which include reduced muscle soreness, enhanced blood flow, reduced injury rick and much more.