We asked our expert, Antonia Ptohides, what she loves about Pilates and how it can benefit us all. Read on to find out how a little time spent on Pilates will pay dividends for your total health and wellbeing!
We all have moments of weakness and try to find excuses not to exercise. These excuses often overshadow every motivation we have to get to the gym. Sometimes high intensity workouts can be a little too much, but fortunately Pilates can save the day.
With lots to offer Pilates can shape you up in no time keeping you fit, healthy and energized. Here are six reasons to get started with Pilates!
1. Better Posture: Feel Stronger And Taller
“A MAN IS AS YOUNG AS HIS SPINAL COLUMN” – Joseph Pilates
The Pilates Method promotes better posture and balance by teaching realignment and stability. It helps build a strong core by activating the lower abdominals along with the muscles closest to the spine, giving the spine support to lengthen.
2. Look Good: Develop The Physique You’ve Always Wanted
The beauty of Pilates is that it activates all muscles, improves coordination and increases strength, flexibility and stamina. It elongates and strengthens without building excess bulk. It increases muscle elasticity and creates a sleek, longer shaped up body.
3. Connect Your Mind And Body
Pilates gets your mind in tune with your body. It improves body awareness and leads muscles to posture control, gracefulness, agility and flowing movements. With an emphasis on the quality of movement with complete concentration and precision you will become acutely aware of how your body works, how it feels and what it needs.
4. Weight Control
Practicing Pilates can result to weight loss. Combined with a low calorie diet it can reduce fat and make that little tummy pooch disappear.
5. Rehabilitation And Injury Prevention: Keep Yourself Healthy Now And Forever
Originally the Pilates Method was created just for rehabilitation purposes. Over the years after lots of research and development, the Pilates system offers a wide range of balancing and conditioning exercises suitable for injury prevention for the whole body.
6. Appropriate For Everyone
The best thing about Pilates is that anyone and everyone can practice it. The movements are low impact and there are so many adaptations on the classical exercises which accommodate all levels of fitness and specific needs. No matter what your physical characteristics, your fitness experience, size, shape or age Pilates can challenge you in a sensible and safe way.
This post was written by Antonia Ptohides. Starting out in professional dance, Antonia was intrigued by how Pilates helped rehabilitate injuries. Now a certified Pilates teacher, her classes are playful and energetic, focusing on form, technique and following a well established structure.