A Beginner’s Guide to Pilates

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Somewhere in your exercise research you’ve stumbled upon something called ‘Pilates.’ You may have heard of it before you began your research, but what is Pilates? This article will walk you through the basics of the exercise, and where it came from.

 

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a core strength exercise founded by Joseph Pilates – it is also called the Pilates Method. Similar to yoga, Pilates is an exercise that focuses on a balanced development of one’s body through flexibility and core strength while maintaining a mental awareness – Joseph Pilates believed that physical and mental well-being were linked.

 

Who can do Pilates?

Everyone. You read that right. Pilates is a form of exercise that is easily adapted to whoever is doing it. Because of its versatility, Pilates is a great form of exercise for women post-pregnancy, individuals who are working through physical rehabilitation, athletes, dancers, and even seniors.

Pilates is also a great option at any stage of physical activity. Because of the movements involved, it’s better to start off slow, to seek the assistance of a trained professional, and get your posture correct. No matter the exercise program you start, you have to be careful about potentially injuring yourself.

 

What does Pilates really affect?

If you have any idea about the Pilates Method, you’re aware that it’s a mat-based exercise. You might be wondering how many benefits this type of exercise can offer you. Well, here are some examples of what Pilates helps with:

  • Balance
  • Posture
  • Mental awareness
  • Flexibility
  • Muscle strengthening
  • Deep core muscles
  • Lower back pain
  • Spinal mobility

These are just a few of the benefits, but the Pilates Method is one of the more rewarding forms of exercise out there. This is a very brief guide to Pilates for beginners, but if you’re interested in learning more seek out more information! Because Pilates has the ability to be altered, look for Pilates instructors in your area and figure out what you’re most interested in. Starting any new form of exercise is a daunting task, but knowing as much as you can before speaking to a professional will help to put you on the right path.