The popularity of Pilates has gone from strength to strength in recent years, and there are good reasons why.
Pilates based movement has also integrated itself into variety classes as well, and here at Integral Wellness we offer dedicated Pilates classes using only your body weight.
Pilates strengthens your core muscles and improves and maintains good posture. It is perfect for people of all fitness levels and abilities, and has been particularly beneficial to people requiring rehabilitation after injury or surgery. Pilates can be performed both aerobically or non-aerobically, depending on the class, but regardless you can be sure that Pilates will deliver a fantastic workout!
Why is Pilates so good for you?
Pilates has been proven to deliver a number of benefits to long-term participants including:
- Improved flexibility and strength
- Enhanced muscular control
- Improved posture and relaxed shoulders, neck and back
- Lowered blood pressure
- Reduced muscle tension
- Reduction in headaches
- Improved focus and concentration
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Improved memory
- Injury prevention
How is Pilates done?
Pilates can cater toward all abilities from beginner to advanced. Exercises are performed using mainly your own body weight on a mat, and in some cases equipment such as stretch bands, exercise balls and slide plates are used which increase resistance and further challenges muscles.
During traditional Pilates you will move slowly through a series of exercises and movements, with a focus on core abdominal control and proper breathing technique. The quality and execution of movement is particularly important to driving great results, more so then the number of repetitions.
There are many aerobic classes now offering Pilates, in which case you will find yourself performing exercises at a quicker pace and really getting that heart rate pumping.
Bottom line, Pilates is an excellent form of exercise and everyone can give it a go. Whenever trying a new style of exercise or fitness regime we do recommend consulting a medical professional if you have any concerns.