Pilates is a form of exercise that helps to improve strength, endurance and flexibility without the need to increase muscle mass. This is achieved by primarily concentrating on the back, hip and abdominal muscles, which are known as the “core” muscle groups. Although Pilates was developed in the 20th century, it borrows from yoga and training regimes used by the ancient Romans and Greeks.
The benefits of Pilates
• Pilates can increase the health of your lungs and heart, and can get your heart working harder, without you having to break into a sweat. It’s a great way of improving the flow of oxygen to the blood.
• In addition to improving your body physically, Pilates can also help to tackle anxiety and stress. Focused breathing helps to heighten the mind/body connection, which also increases clarity of thought.
• Pilates is a great way to improve your balance, agility and overall coordination, while giving your muscles a good, strong workout.
A safe way to improve your health
As a low-impact workout, Pilates is a great way to get into shape regardless of your current physical condition – you can start with the basic techniques and your instructor should introduce more advanced moves only when you are ready to tackle them.