A Healthy, Supple Spine
Pilates gives support to your spine by creating space between each vertebra. This extra space not only makes you appear taller, it also creates more mobility, transforming your spine from a stiff rod into a supple string of pearls. This new suppleness prevents degenerative spinal problems, such as slipped disks. It also helps you move with more grace and ease.
Kinder, Gentler Conditioning
If you're out of shape, Pilates provides a wonderful way to ease into any kind of fitness plan.
There is no stress on your joints or wear and tear on your ligaments and cartilage around your joints, especially your knee and shoulder joints. Your muscles are conditioned in a balanced way which increases your self-awareness by drawing your focus inward. Pilates is very rehabilitative. Unlike other forms of exercise, you can safely do Pilates every day without over-stressing your muscles or joints. For best results, Pilates should be done three times per week consistently.
Better Balance, More Coordination
Balance starts to deteriorate as you age and as your muscles weaken your nerve receptors lose sensitivity. Pilates reverses this aging process by stabilizing your core. Pilates works the small, deep muscles needed to keep your body steady when walking and your spine both supple and strong.
Less Pain and Stiffness
If you suffer from osteoarthritis pain, you'll find that lengthening your body through Pilates will help soothe soreness. Appropriate exercise is vital to managing arthritis, because it increases flexibility for stretches and reduces pain and fatigue. Stretching helps pump vital nutrients to your muscles and tendons, which help keep them healthy and minimize your risk of injury. It stimulates the production of joint lubricants (synovial fluid) and prevents adhesions. As circulation increases, your legs, back, neck, and shoulders loosen up, relieving aches and stiffness. Pilates leads to subtle posture improvements, which will also eliminate tension, driving away headaches, backaches, neck aches, and other aches and pains.
Faster Return to Pre-pregnancy Figure
Many women who have given birth ask “How do you get your lower tummy flat after having kids”. It doesn't take much time - Pilates can get you those results with a few moves on a regular basis. Muscles have a beautiful memory and will bounce back with just a little toning.
Sports Performance & Other Benefits
Pilates helps the average person become more physically fit and also perfects the performance of the elite athlete. You will have more oomph in your tennis swing, more speed to your run, and more control in your slalom skiing. Gymnasts hold a handstand and it helps yogi's hold a headstand. It allows the martial artist to kick through a board and a dancer to leap into the air. Power is created in your midsection and shrinks middle-age spread, helping you accomplish goals you never before dreamed possible. Regardless of your physical ability, whether you're young and limber or older and inflexible, the Pilates method teaches you a way of life. You sit better, you sleep better, you stand better, and you feel more in control of your body. Pilates also increases the libido.
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