What began with a workout routine for fellow interned “enemy alien” German nationals during World War I, has evolved today into a worldwide heath craze and way of life. Many people swear by Pilates as the reason for their overall health and happiness. And this mindset continues to grow. But at the same time, thousands, if not millions, of people, have no idea what this exercise entails. Is it yoga? Is it cross fit? Is it neither? How does it really benefit your life? Anyone looking to learn more about the benefits of Pilates in Melbourne need not look any further. Here are 3 ways that Pilates improves your health and quality of life.
- Your core: Regardless of the type of exercise you practice (yoga, a sport, weight training), the core is almost always discussed. Your core is the center of your body, which goes beyond just your abdominal muscles. Your core includes those deep muscles that hug your spine. A strong core helps to improve your posture, strengthen the rest of your body, and relieve stress and pains. Pilates works the trunk, pelvis, and shoulder girdle so that your core becomes strong, and stays that way.
- Pilate’s muscles – long and lean: The Pilate’s body is often associated with long, lean muscles, as opposed to the bulky muscles created by weight training. These bulky muscles are what are most prone to injury, whereas in Pilates, your muscles are elongated. As a result, your body has greater muscle elasticity and joint mobility, which helps to prevent injuries.
- Mind body workout: Many people turn to yoga because of its ability to soothe the mind. However, one often heard complaint is that the physical workout in many yoga practices is lacking. Pilates ensures you get the breathing, slow movements, and focus associated with yoga, as well as a workout that will keep your body lean and healthy.
For more than 100 years now, athletes, armies, and health instructors have used Pilates as a way to build a strong body that can fight both infections and injuries. Adding Pilates to your overall weekly exercise regiment can get you one step closer to a happy, and healthier you. City Osteopathy offers the best Pilates in Melbourne, for practitioners of all ages and abilities.