Get back in shape with Pilates

Starting to workout after a long period without very much exercise can be very difficult. Not only is the motivation to get started tough, but the time it takes to get some momentum going and for results to appear can be frustrating to say the least.

When we have been sedentary for a length of time a lot happens within the body. Muscles become weaker, shorter and can lose their ability to take punishment without becoming sore afterwards.

The health of our spine is also a huge part of how well our body performs overall. Without regular movement our discs don’t get much nourishment and can shrink and dry out. If this occurs for too long we can lose mobility, encounter nerve signal interruption and even experience constant pain. The old saying is very true, “if you don’t use it you lose it!”

Pilates is a form of exercise developed by Joseph Pilates, which emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and mind-body awareness in order to improve the overall quality of life. If you are looking to get back into shape then pilates is a great way to do it and here are five reasons why…

SPINAL HEALTH

Pilates has a core principle of improving the mobility and healthiness of the spine. By including flexion, extension, side bending and rotation in every session, pilates get motion back into the spine. Spinal articulation is another core concept of pilates in which the student works on moving each vertebrae one at a time, again, improving the overall mobility and health of the spine which is crucial to a healthy body.

CORE STRENGTH

The powerhouse of our body is definitely our core system, without a strong core, our spine is not supported and our posture tends to be poor. A key to a healthy body is the other central element of pilates, core strength!

PEAK FITNESS, NOT PEAK PERFORMANCE

Initially evolved from Joseph’’s obsession with creating health and wellbeing in his own body, pilates has always been about creating peak fitness, not peak performance. This means that it does not improve one element of the body at the detriment of another. It is simply about creating the best you. I like to phrase it as “achieving the highest level of strength, control and balance for the mind, body and spirit”.

LESS RISK OF OVERDOING IT OR INJURY

The main apparatus in pilates is called a reformer. The reformer uses spring and body resistance to work on flexibility, control, balance, strength and a better mind-body connection all at once! By not using weights there is no risk of doing too much to soon and therefore risking injury.

ANYONE AT ANY LEVEL

Because pilates is not about one element of fitness over another; it is suitable for anyone of any fitness level. You will improve all aspects of your health, session by session, gradually and permanently.

If you’ve never tried pilates and are thinking its time you got back in shape then give it a chance, you’ll be surprised how fast you’ll feel and see results with pilates.