Pilates is classed as a muscle-strengthening activity, which can help you maintain a healthy weight. Classes can vary in intensity: they can be gentle, or dynamic and offer a solid workout. If you want to lose weight, you're advised to combine Pilates with a healthy diet and some aerobic activities, such as swimming, walking and cycling
Pilates is a proven method of exercise that involves slow and precise movements which focuses on realigning joints and strengthening and rebalancing muscles.
The Pilates repertoire, which includes mat and specialised equipment exercises, is made up of over 600 exercises and variations so is suitable for everybody regardless of age or fitness level.
Studies have shown that Pilates improves quality of life by having a positive effect on depression and pain, most notably decreasing back pain.
Pilates is a unique exercise programme developed by Joseph Pilates during the 1920s and is an all-encompassing mind and body exercise that works on the body as a whole. The movements require concentration and precision to gain full advantages. While it is true that it can sculpt the body by lengthening and toning muscles, its’ benefits go far deeper than the mere outward appearance of the body.
If you have never exercised before or you are looking for something that will exercise your mind as well as your body, Pilates is for you. After a Pilates class from head to toe you will feel refreshed and invigorated.
Here are some of the ways in which consistently attending Pilates sessions can benefit you:
corrects misalignment, reducing the risk of wear and tear and risk of injury and back pain
prevents and manages low back pain
reshapes the body, creating longer, leaner and more toned muscles
increases flexibility and balance
strengthens your deep postural muscles
aligns and strengthens your spine, pelvis, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles
improves your posture and body awareness
more mobile joints and stronger bones
the use of controlled breath helps to undo physical tension helping to reduce stress and anxiety
... but don't just take my word, please come and try a class for yourself.