Why Pilates should be in your life


There is a reason why Pilates is such a well-known and popular form of exercise. Read on and find out why we rate Pilates so high and why it can hugely benefit your exercise regime.

 

Firstly, what does Pilates consist of?

  • A series of movements that flow into one another without pauses
  • Concentrates on the body as a whole
  • Stretching muscles
  • Strengthening muscles
  • Helping you to function more effectively
  • Reducing your risk of injury

 

How can most people, both male and female, benefit from Pilates?
– Pilates has something to offer everyone, whatever your age, gender or current fitness level.

  • An increase in core strength
  • Improved posture
  • Easier to go about your daily tasks
  • Improved health and well-being
  • Improved quality of life

 

What is core strength?
Most people when asked about core strength will automatically think that core strength solely relates to abdominal strength, this is a common misconception and core strength involves the following muscle groups:

  • Abdominals
  • Gluts
  • Back muscles

 

The importance of the strengthening of these muscles cannot be stressed enough. Many benefits of strengthening these three vital muscle groups include:

  • Support and stability for the lower back
  • Decreased strain and stress through the lower back
  • Better spine alignment
  • Enhanced movement efficiency
  • Good core strength has been directly related to improved healing times of other muscles such as the hamstrings
  • Decreased lower limb injuries

 

If you are performing the movements correctly, up to 10 repetitions will be more than adequate. This means that you can give every repetition your full effort and concentration. You will be maximising the potential of the exercise without growing tired or bored with continual repetitions.
A Pilates programme is very enjoyable and you should soon feel results which will motivate you to continue. If you adhere to it, you will be rewarded with; improved posture, an enhanced feeling of balance, reduction in aches, pains and stiffness, greater flexibility and increased body toning.

 

Focus is key…

Another distinguishing feature of Pilates is that to practice it you must be totally focused and concentrated, it is this concentration that creates a mind-body connection. This doesn’t mean that conventional exercise can be done without thought of course, but it does mean that Pilates needs all your attention and focus in order to get the best results. Giving all your attention to the movements of Pilates sequences can help to still the insistent clamour of your daily life, acting like meditation to calm your mind and help you see things more clearly. This total concentration, attention to alignment and detail makes Pilates unique and very satisfying.

 

What is the endorphin effect of pilates?

The production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain, are stimulated by exercise and have similar affects to that of opiates. If you need any more encouragement to get started, consider this: tests have shown that people who suffer from illness and depression are significantly helped by taking part in exercise. Pilates, together with an all-round fitness regime of exercise and healthy eating can benefit your present and future health of your body.

 

If you want to know more about Pilates and the classes we offer, we’d love to hear from you. Please email info@beyondfitness.co.nz or call 07 571 6745