The popularity of Pilates has soared over the past 10 years as people have begun to realise that there is so much more to it than just improving posture and flexibility. We look into the top five benefits of Pilates that show why health fanatics across the globe are flocking to their local classes…
1. IMPROVING CORE STRENGTH
Your core muscle group is essentially an elastic band around your body that is attached to your lower back. In short – the more you work on it, the tighter it will become. This will then provide you with a much stronger frame and will add support to your lower back.
2. IT HAS YOUR BACK
A strengthened core is a is a great defence against back pain. If you spend the working week sat at a desk, craning over your keyboard for hours on end, endlessly struggling to find a position that stops that niggly little twinge in your back – then it’s time for you to sign up and get yourself down to a Pilates class to work on that core.
3. BYE BYE BINGO WINGS!
One of the most frequent questions that we get asked is ‘can Pilates get rid of my bingo wings?!’. And the answer is, YES! There are a variety of exercises which will tone your arms, whilst still strengthening your core, lower back and legs at the same time! And, there are no weights required!
4. SCULPT YOUR GLUTES
Pilates is the perfect way to work on your glutes and shape that fine derriere without spending hours in the gym, doing squats! Pilates focusses on isolating and strengthening the muscles in your bum, which happen to be some of the laziest in your body (shock!). It’s all about exercising correctly to ensure the right muscles are worked in the right way.
5. WORK YOUR MIND AS WELL AS YOUR BODY
You know that feeling you get when you have just completed a tough workout? Or that warm cosy feeling after you treat yourself to some of your favourite chocolate? These are examples of the effect that an endorphin release has on the body. A Pilates workout is a powerful way of boosting personal morale, keeping stress at bay and promoting a positive mental outlook. You’ll head back to work feeling calmer and clearer, and in turn, more productive.
Written by Sam Dennis