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6 Reasons Why You Need To Do Pilates

6 Reasons Why You Need To Do Pilates
Published: 15/09/2019

1. BUILD LONG AND LEAN MUSCLES 

Pilates is great for increasing your strength without getting an increase in muscle size. The exercises focus on your posture and alignment and when performing these movements correctly, it will result in a nicely defined body. 

2. PREVENT OR BOUNCE BACK FROM INJURY 

Many people who decide to try Pilates for the first time do so to help regain strength after injury or as a preventative measure. 

In the gym, most people only work on the muscles that you can see on the outside of the body. By incorporating Pilates into your training program, you will also get to work on the muscles that help with balance, stability and core control. 

3. DEVELOP CORE STRENGTH AND STABILITY 

Your core is not just your 6-pack muscles at the front of the torso. It’s your entire mid‐section including your abdominals, obliques, lower back, diaphragm, pelvic floor and more. The best kind of core exercises switch on all of these muscles and are not just isolated to the abdominals (like a tummy crunch). 

Pilates movements are taught nice and slow until your form is perfected. By learning to keep your spine in the right alignment you will aid your core to work more efficiently and allow the opportunity to strengthen it. 

4. STRENGTHEN THE PELVIC FLOOR 

Unfortunately problems like bladder leakage are common – especially after childbirth. Pilates will help you to strengthen and regain control over your pelvic floor. Whilst it is never too late to get into Pilates, if children are in your future, then regular Pilates practice will help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles in preparation for childbirth and all the “fun” that comes with it as well. 

Although Pilates exercises are low impact it’s always a good idea for new mums to see a physiotherapist who specialises in post-natal rehabilitation to advise how and when it is safe to return to regular exercise. 

5. IMPROVE POSTURE 

Posture is often linked to all sorts of problems like back pain and headaches. Having good posture will improve your breathing and oxygenate the body more efficiently. 

One Pilates class a week won’t reverse lifelong damage of incorrect posture, but it will re-teach your body on how to hold itself and begin to minimise the impact of lengthy sitting or staring at your mobile phone. 

6. ENHANCE PERFORMANCE 

We are at our strongest in a neutral alignment, yet most people are unable to maintain a neutral curve in their lower back. Pilates teaches you how to hold neutral, which can be incredibly beneficial in other areas of your training – particularly to develop good form when lifting weights. For example, deadlifts are a great strength movement, but it can also be dangerous if are unable to have control over your core. 

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