When you think about Pilates, you probably think about improved core strength first. It is true that stronger abdominal muscles and better core strength and control are the main benefits of Pilates. However, taking classes regularly can help you with many other things as well. In this article, we will look at the unexpected benefits of Pilates classes.
Often times, a weak core can cause back pain. Especially nowadays, when many of us sit most of the day, our core strength needs improvement. Pilates provides excellent ways to strengthen your abs and often it is the only thing you need to get rid of back pain.
However, sometimes strengthening your back is also needed. Pilates classes include back exercises and you will be able to become stronger and bring more range of movement to your back.
Because Pilates is low-impact, you will not need to worry about the strain on your joins. Many people suffer from joint stiffness and pain. Especially elderly people and people with injuries may need to only do low-impact exercises. Pilates incorporates slow movements and during the class, you use a thick yoga mat. Alternatively, you may lay on the reformer that has a thick mat as well.
This ensures that your back and neck will rest easily and comfortably. Also, all movements can be moderated to fit your needs.
When you take a Pilates class, one of the first things you will learn is that you have to focus on your breathing. Surprisingly, focusing on your breathing and remembering to be aware of it for a full 45-60 minute class is challenging at first. You will have to learn how to breathe and move your body at the same time.
Thus you will not have time to “zone out” or think about bills, chores, or anything else. Taking a class is good for your body and mind. You can take an hour out of the day to be in the moment.
Joseph Pilates called Contrology (aka. Pilates) “a thinking man’s exercise.” It is not very far from the truth, either. According to Shape Magazine, Chinese research noted an increase in women’s alpha peak power after 10 weeks of taking regular Pilates classes.
In fact, taking Pilates classes regularly may even help individuals who have cognitive dysfunctions.
Pilates is excellent for your mind, body, and soul. In addition to these unexpected benefits, we (of course) have the expected benefits as well.
For instance, the following benefits can be associated with a Pilates class:
If you reside on Long Island, New York, contact me to get started with Pilates near you today. We are located in Great Neck, Long Island. At Pilates Mastery, I teach private mat and reformer classes. We will make a plan individually to fit your needs and goals.
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