Health Benefits of Pilates

Reasons You Should Give Pilates A Try

So you’ve gone through all kinds of workout regimens all your life, yet you still can’t stick with one that you feel you can do for the rest of your life. 

Have you attended a Pilates class? If you haven’t, then it’s high time you give it a try, for the following reasons:

You can begin Pilates at any age

For men and women in their late 40s or early 50s who weren’t really fitness buffs for most of their life, Pilates is a safe way to begin seriously exercising. Unlike weight training, Crossfit, or any high-intensity exercise program, Pilates is absolutely safe for people from all walks of life. You can begin at any age and continue doing it into your later years. It won’t wear your body down in any way.

You can do Pilates on your lunch break

Pilates can work you hard with its routines. Its exercises, however, leave you refreshed, not spent, so you can do it on your lunch break and still go back to work full of energy.

Pilates does not bulk you up

Working with weights builds strength and muscles, but it also tends to bulk you up. Good for you if you want big muscles for showing off, but if what you want are long, lean muscles, Pilates is the way to go, as its exercises take advantage of a type of muscle contraction called an eccentric contraction.

Pilates offers many health benefits

The health benefits of Pilates are simply amazing. A refreshing mind-body workout, Pilates emphasizes developing a strong core. In performing the exercises, you reap numerous health benefits along the way. Pilates helps strengthen your back, for one. It can also help lower your blood pressure, for another. To find out about the other health benefits of Pilates, check out the infographic below.