What is Pilates? How does it benefit? Who can do it? Pilates is the one exercise that everyone can incorporate into their daily lives and regimes. It is a lifestyle that can change the way you feel and look. It can prevent injuries, rehabilitate, and even give you a brand new body.
Invented by Joseph Pilates in 1912, the method was designed for WWI, injured and bed-ridden soldiers. He rigged springs to hospital beds, allowing his patients to exercise against resistance, to help them get their bodies moving again, develop core strength, and to rehabilitate their muscles. Originally designed for men and then later targeted to elite athletes and ballet dancers, Pilates is truly for everyone. It’s perfect for pregnant women, new mothers, golfers, college and professional athletes, and even celebrities are taking advantage of the life changing results and health benefits of Pilates. Pilates is for anyone from children and adults to teenagers and the elderly.
Time to get out and try it! What’s in it for you??? Better core strength, long-lean muscles, balance, coordination, more energy, injury prevention, better posture, low-impact exercises, it helps with weight-loss, reduces low-back pain, and even addresses serious health concerns. Pilates is great for arthritis, joint pain, rehabilitation after surgery, even major chronic illnesses. If you have serious health concerns, make sure you check with your doctor first, then find a certified instructor, and always make sure to tell them about any health concerns or questions you may have. It’s the key to keeping you safe, reaching your goals, and getting the best results.
Pilates is perfect if you’re short on time, too busy to go to the gym, or always traveling. You can see results with just 15 minutes a day! Pilates can relieve chronic pain, boost your mood, stretch tired and strained muscles, build core strength, tone muscles, and gain flexibility. The benefits are endless and you can be a beginner to advanced depending on your fitness level!
There are two different types of Pilates, mat and reformer. Mat can be done anywhere, on the beach, in the gym, in your home, even in a hotel room. Mat Pilates focuses on using your own body weight, using resistance training, and tends to be a little harder. Pilates with the Reformers uses equipment which incorporates the use of springs for resistance and assistance training. It has a carriage that glides back and forth as you do the exercise. The Pilates equipment allows the body to keep pressure off the joints and the individual to get into more deeper and challenging poses.
Joseph Pilates said “In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you’ll see the difference, and in 30 sessions you’ll have a complete new body.” Now if that doesn’t give you enough incentive to get out there I don’t know what will!
Here’s to health bodies and strong cores!