My name is Cheryl Dunn – a Pilates expert from Austin, Texas and in the article I would like to show you 5 “things” about Pilates that you should know about before choosing a Pilates Studio.
Pilates is so much more than what most think it is! And it is for everyone, from men, to women, the young and the old and to everything in between.
Keep reading to learn the 5 REASONS YOU SHOULD BE DOING PILATES…
1. It Is A Huge Stress Reliever!
Pilates, has grown in popularity in the United States for a number of reasons. You will feel – and see – results quickly, which provides great motivation to keep coming. The classes can be intense – but it’s a full body workout. Not only can you feel the exercises working, but you feel great afterwards – an endorphin buzz!
Pilates is an efficient use of your time– you can get in, work out and get out in just over an hour. And last, but not least, it’s a great stress-buster. Whether first thing in the morning or after a long day at work, Pilates provides a great escape where the focus is on breathing and movement.
The combination of breathing properly, while carrying out the exercises, along with stretching, helps to relieve stress and tightness in the body.
2. Exercise without all the Fuss!
Sometimes the thought of going to the gym is dreadful and then you keep putting it off. Pilates lets you tailor your workouts and even complete sessions at home.
The ideal way to keep up with your training is to have a Certified Pilates Instructor design a series of exercises for you to keep up with between your sessions in the studio; and we will also plan a review session every so often to make sure your technique is correct and you are getting the most out of your training.
So you might be stretching, but you could do more damage than good. Checking whether you’re performing the moves correctly, will insure your results.
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3. Improved Posture
The Pilates repertoire is praised by everyone from doctors, athletes, busy parents and seniors to office workers because of their ability to develop strength and correct posture in the key areas of the hips/lower back, upper back and neck – basically counteracting the effects of gravity and slouching.
Any given class will also focus on the areas that people need to work on the most to make long term postural changes. We activate these muscles in isolation initially and then progressively work them in a more global and dynamic manner, while coordinating this movement with your breathing.
All of this significantly improves dynamic stability – the ability of the body to hold itself in better alignment for longer, maintaining upright posture, stability and responsiveness.
4. Improved Athletic Performance
Whatever activity you do, you’ll find that Pilates exercises improve strength in meaningful ways and can help with the overall health of your spine.. Pilates exercises strengthen and lengthen muscles, enabling freer, stronger movement. Pilates exercises move the body in all directions. Pilates can incorporate many exercises that rotate the body, especially the spine. After sitting at a computer all day, the back needs to twist. Golfers, tennis players and other athletes, benefit from having a flexible spine that rotates with ease.
Learning to breathe properly with your sport and having whole body strength are key components to optimal performance.
5. Improved Flexibility
Any exercise regimen should increase your body’s overall strength, or else what’s the point? But Pilates strengthens the muscles in your body that you may actually notice on a day-to-day basis. Pilates is meant to improve your daily life: It can help you get up from bed, if that’s hard for you, or it can help you get stronger for playing sports.
Pilates exercises stretch the muscles and the joints while they strengthen the body. If you have found that your spine has lost some of its range of motion and flexibility, Pilates very quickly addresses this problem.
Everyone has physical limitations that depend on age, genetics and lifestyle. Pilates is not a magic pill, but if you do a regular Pilates exercise program, your body can reach its potential in the areas of flexibility and strength.
So there you have it, the 5 Things you should know about Pilates before you DO Pilates! And last I want to share a tip that can never be shared enough and it has nothing to do with Pilates…
This is a BIG office worker mistake that could be zapping your energy and increasing lower backache. One really simple way to avoid this is to cut out the stuff that makes you dehydrated in the first place. Things like excessive coffee, tea, alcohol and energy drinks – can dehydrate you and make you more likely to suffer from aches and pains.
With a consistent Pilates practice, you will start to stand taller while doing things like walking, cooking, having conversations and have better strength and awareness with day to day tasks like brushing your teeth, loading the dishwasher and lifting things that you had stopped lifting.
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