It’s easy to develop flexibility and rejuvenate your body with Pilates exercises. Besides toning and firming, practicing Pilates has some other benefits that make it the ideal form of exercise for both women and men.
- Improves balance
Whether you are out on the ski slopes or just getting on and off a bus, being steady on your feet is crucial to keeping you on your feet. This is especially important if you are osteoporotic. One study has found that a 5 week program of Pilates exercises improved static (while you are stationary) and dynamic (while you are on the move) balance, which is important in reducing the risk of falling over.
- Increases body self-awareness
Just like Tai Chi, Pilates incorporates techniques that increase your awareness of your body. Pilates tunes in your mind to your movement through concentration, control, centering, flowing movements, precision and breathing patterns.
- Improves your quality of life
Quality over quantity. Participating in Pilates has been shown to increase quality of life domains. Participants of Pilates have reported improvements in social functioning, mental health and vitality.
- Reduces chronic pain
Prevention or cure, it seems regularly participating in Pilates has been found to reduce chronic low back pain, knee pain, neck pain and, even another different ‘pain’, high blood pressure.
- Helps down under
Pilates involves gently squeezing your core. You core muscles include your transversus abdominus muscles (responsible for flattening the stomach) and your pelvic floor muscles. Both work together; squeeze one and the other will follow. Activating these muscles can greatly assist with urinary incontinence. Additionally, being able to relax and tighten through your pelvic floor can help with heightening sexual experiences.
Author: Hannah Chan