One of the advantages of doing Pilates is
that it improves your posture. With you standing more erect and upright, that
alone makes you look 5 to 10 pounds lighter than you did when slumping forward.
And who doesn’t want to look thinner? That extra boost in appearance alone
gives you a huge self-confidence boost.
Develop Your Core Muscles
Pilates was built on developing the core
muscles in the back, hips and thighs. It also effectively works the transverse
abdominal muscles that lie just behind the 6-pack abs. By developing these
alone, you will be well on your way to a flatter stomach. Better posture and a
flatter stomach – do we see a pattern developing here?
Alleviate Back Pain
Many people experience back pain from the
fact that they have some muscles stronger than others. When that is the case,
the strong muscles can overpower the weak ones which eventually give out and
cause pain. Pilates works to create a balance of strength in a muscle and its
opposing partner. With core muscle balance, the spine is equally supported all
around and the pain is reduced or in many cases gone altogether.
Improve Mental Focus
Part of the Pilates philosophy is an
absolute focus on doing each exercise correctly. By learning how to concentrate
when doing Pilates, that discipline carries over into your daily life and at
work. After practicing Pilates for a while, you’ll find you can get more done
with less stress, because you are not being torn in many different directions.
And lastly, unlike other training programs
that do the same thing all the time, you won’t get bored doing Pilates. In all
it has over 500 different exercises in all. With 25 to 50 exercises per
session, there is always something new to learn and do at the next session. And
the beauty of Pilates is with an experienced instructor, the exercises can be
tailored to just you, if you have some special needs.