Weightlifting. Yoga. Pilates. Barre. Aerobics. Anaerobics. Powerlifting. Bulking. Dieting. Etc. Etc. Etc. Of all the different ways to exercise your body, why should Pilates be incorporated into your workout routine?
First of all, let’s go over what Pilates is exactly. The Pilates Method is an approach of mind and body integration that was created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. Pilates said, “Pilates is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace, and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work.” It’s not just a core workout, it’s a strengthening of the body AND mind with a focus on balance, concentration, control, centered awareness, fluid movements, and breath.
Benefits of Pilates:
- It can relieve back pain.
Sitting at a desk all day or running after kids can cause a lot of stress on the lower back. By strengthening the core muscles, you also stabilize your lower back, which leads to less pain. (source)
- You can do it at home.
The fancy fixtures and complex contraptions are going to give you a more intense workout and better results. However, basic movements can be completed by using only a mat, and mats don’t take up much space. (source)
- It won’t kill your joints.
Other forms of exercises can pound on your joints and wear them down. Pilates allows for an intense workout without the intense joint discomfort. (source)
If that’s not enough for you, here’s 20 more reasons:
- Better Posture
- Fluid Movement
- Improved Circulation
- Increased Metabolism
- Increased Muscle Strength
- Increased Range of Motion
- Increased Stamina
- Injury Prevention
- Longer and Leaner Muscles
- Mental Relaxation
- Improved Breathing
- Reduces Stress and Tension
- Sexy Arms, Shoulders and Back
- Great Looking and Strong Core
- Strong Pelvic Floor
- Weight Loss
Is Pilates going to give you the same results as other exercises? No. Is it going to make you stronger mentally and physically? Yes. As with any workout, the more that you put in, the more that you get out.
Starting a Pilates routine can improve multiple areas of your life. Don’t put off the improvement. Start it now and begin the process.