When I first started doing Pilates seriously, it was after the birth of my two children, and I thought it would be a good way to strengthen my core. Little did I know that the benefits of Pilates would extend far beyond my abs!
I can safely say that Pilates has helped my body better than any other form of exercise or therapy. Let me tell you why.
Pilates is a form of exercise that emphasizes controlled, deliberate movements that focus on building full body strength, improving posture, balance, mobility of your joints, and overall body awareness.
This type of exercise is designed to help you move with more ease, as it trains your body to work in a more efficient and coordinated manner. Think of it as working on the fundamentals of movement.
Pilates is a great way to get in shape, no matter what your age or fitness level. It’s one of the few exercise programs that work every part of your body (both small and large muscle groups), including those hard-to-reach core muscles.
Pilates also helps improve posture, which can be especially important as we age and our bodies change. I grew over an inch in height after practicing Pilates regularly!
And if you’re a beginner who’s worried about getting bored or concerned the exercises may be too hard, don’t worry: there are lots of ways for beginners to modify an exercise or challenge themselves without becoming frustrated or discouraged.
Pilates is also a great therapy to help you recover from an injury or surgery. It’s a low-impact exercise plan that is gentle on your joints. By practicing Pilates, you can enhance your understanding of movement in both your joints and overall body. This is crucial in correcting misalignment, promoting good posture, and strengthening underdeveloped muscles.
Plus Pilates is extremely accessible as all you need is a mat.
Many of my senior clients love to travel and continue with online Pilates classes when abroad. I have had clients take classes on their travels from Dubai, Brazil and New Zealand! You don’t have to rely on a gym membership or machines to maintain your fitness level with a mat Pilates class. Take the magic with you so you can feel your best on your travels and keep up your energy.
To understand how Pilates can help you to move more easily, it’s important to know the difference between strength and mobility.
Strength refers to the muscle’s ability to produce force in order to perform an action. Mobility is how well you can move a muscle or group of muscles through a range of motion in your body. Pilates focuses on both strength and mobility – these two components work together for optimal health benefits!
We often assume that to increase our range of motion or lengthen a tight muscle we need to stretch it. But this is not always the case. Many times when a muscle is tight it actually needs to be strengthened. This is an underlying theme in a well-designed Pilates class.
When exercising choose activities that include both strength and mobility elements equally to allow your body to move with more ease and prevent injuries. In a nutshell, this IS Pilates!
Pilates is all about feeling good. It can help you to feel better physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Here’s why:
Ultimately, Pilates isn’t just about physical fitness; it changes how we feel inside ourselves! Will you tone your body? Sure. Will you lose weight? Probably. But the biggest benefit is how you FEEL inside and that is the magic of Pilates.
And you want to know the secret to sticking with an exercise program? It’s all about how it makes you FEEL. This is referred to as intrinsic benefits and studies show this develops a healthy relationship with exercise over the long term.
Curious to feel the magic of Pilates for yourself? Join my free 5-Day Beginner Pilates Challenge. Let‘s get you feeling stronger, more confident and toned in time for summer. You can also follow my Instagram account for short Pilates exercises you can do each day.
So, there you have it! I hope this article has helped you understand why Pilates is a great choice. It’s not just about getting fit and strong; it also helps us feel better by boosting self-esteem and body confidence. And that’s a win-win situation for everyone involved!
What have you found the most significant benefit of starting an exercise program? Do you exercise regularly? If not, what is the biggest obstacle to exercising on a regular basis?
I love doing pilates. I do Christine’s on demand classes. So many to choose from…..from beginners to advanced. Something for everyone. I try to do pilates everyday. Sometimes I can only manage 15-20 minutes, sometimes an hour. I really notice a difference if I miss. Pilates sets my day. I feel so much stronger and younger than my age since I started pilates.
I started Pilates 2.5 years ago and I’m so much more agile and stronger, that I even feel like my younger self again. As you mentioned, everyone can modify according to their skill level or individual physical challenges.
Bonus for me was that I joined a small group and they’re now my Pilates family and we check on each other and keep each other accountable!
So happy to see this article! This article has given me the courage to try pilates. I have a much better understanding of the benefits for my 65 year old body and an overall better understanding. Thanks!
That is great to hear! I am happy to hear it has helped. The benefits of Pilates are immense at this season of life.