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 :
- Healthier Blood – Pilates boosts your blood in there main ways. First, the improved posture and flexibility that comes with practising Pilates on a regular basis enhances your circulation. Second, the reduced stress that you’ll experience as a result of Pilates will help lower your blood pressure. Finally, the controlled breathing techniques that are part of Pilates ensure that your blood is fully oxygenated.
- Increases Mental Fitness – Two of the main principles of Pilates are breathing and concentration and these two principles help you to develop mental focus and fitness as you complete your workouts. This improved mental fitness has numerous benefits which include reduced stress levels, increased happiness and more.
- Greater Stamina – One final benefit of Pilates is that it improves your stamina. Traditional strength training generally involves lifting heavy weights for short periods of time. However, pilates involved longer flowing sequences of exercises that constantly engage your muscles and build up your endurance. This improved stamina has a positive effect on your overall energy levels and allows you to exercise at a greater intensity for longer without becoming fatigued.