Pilates used his knowledge of the human body, as well as his knowledge of fitness and sport (he was well versed in boxing, martial arts, swimming and gymnastics to name a few) to create an exercise system that has grown in popularity since that time. So what is Pilates and why is it so successful?
Pilates puts together controlled breathing with fluid, bio-mechanically efficient movement. Whether doing ‘mat work’ or using special equipment, Pilates can give you a full-body work out. There is very little or no impact at all with Pilates: you will mostly move while standing, sitting, laying on your back or stomach or on your hands and knees.
Some (of the many) benefits of regular Pilates exercise include:
Improved strength, flexibility and balance
Improved core stability and posture
Improved energy levels and stress relief
Can provide pain relief and help rehabilitate many injuries or musculoskeletal conditions
Improves mind-body awareness
So if you haven’t already, give Pilates a try. Check out classes at local gyms and fitness facilities: find the appropriate level class (beginner, intermediate or advanced) and start to enjoy some of the benefits for yourself!
Always consult a physician before beginning an exercise program. Discontinue an exercise if you feel any pain or discomfort.