10 Benefits of Pilates

10 Benefits of Pilates

  • Pilates is whole body fitness: Attention is focused on the core support and integrating full-body fitness, including the breath and the mind—this provides a level of fitness that is hard to find elsewhere. It is also the reason that Pilates is so popular in rehab scenarios, as well as with athletes who find that Pilates is a great foundation for any kind of movement they do.
  • Pilates is adaptable to many fitness levels and needs: Building core strength, focusing on proper alignment, and a body/mind integrative approach makes Pilates accessible to all.
  • Pilates increases flexibility: All exercises focus around lengthening and increasing range of motion.
  • Pilates creates strength without bulk: One of the ways that Pilates creates long, strong muscles is by taking advantage of a type of muscle contraction called an eccentric contraction.  This type of contraction is created while you lengthen a muscle but maintain tension throughout the range of motion.
  • Pilates develops core strength: The exercises aim to increase the deep abdominals, low back and pelvic floor muscles which all contribute to holding upright posture and create efficient movement.
  • Pilates improves posture: Good posture is reflected in optimal alignment supported by a strong core.
  • Pilates increases energy: Pilates exercises get the breath and circulation moving which lead to increased energy.  This motivates people to continuing moving with Pilates.
  • Pilates promotes weight loss and long, lean muscles: Your body can change with regular Pilates workouts.  The balance of strength, good posture and endurance can lead to success in weight loss and appearance of muscle bulk.
  • Pilates increases awareness through the mind/body connection: Total attention is needed to successfully perform Pilates exercises which leads to increased self-awareness.
  • Pilates promotes harmony and balance: Many people report feeling much more balanced and grounded after taking a Pilates session.  This is the positive effect of all aspects of Pilates working together.

What better way than to take Pilates with a Physical Therapist who can safely progress your exercises to avoid pain.  Contact Karen at (760) 456-7191 or Karen@ktphysicaltherapy.com to schedule an appointment and discover how Pilates can help you reach your goals.

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