Pilates has been helping people get healthy and fit since 1910. Any exercise routine that is still hot 90 years after its introduction is something worth checking out. Pilates is a low impact workout that is easy to learn and will get you incredibly fit. Looking for a way to flatten your abs, strengthen your core, and maybe even make you look taller? Try checking out the next Pilates class at your gym, and reap a few of the following benefits.
Work every muscle
Instead of doing an exercise routine that just works your arms, legs, abs, whatever, why not try something that works every muscle you have? (And you’ll feel that after the first session.) Pilates stretches and challenges every muscle, letting you firm, strengthen and tone all of your lovely parts.
Firm that butt
Pilates works the core muscles the most, and those are your abs, pelvis, and the body part almost every girl wants to firm up a little more, the butt. The exercises will work every muscle in your body, but the core muscles will get the most attention. Pilates focuses on your gluteus maximus in a way that will make it more of a gluteus minimus in no time!
You don’t have to be told how much stress affects the body “ it makes you tired, wrecks your diet, gives you headaches, yadda, yadda, yadda. Pilates will help reduce stress, and so reduce all those other negative effects on your body. You’ll be calmer, sleep better, and not feel so stressed out all the time! Pilates has even been shown to reduce blood pressure.
By working every muscle group and training your muscles to move from one exercise to another, you will reduce injuries from other sports and, well, life itself! If you have ever tripped over your own feet, knocked into your desk, or twisted an ankle on the stairs, you’ll appreciate this benefit. Pilates can give you smoother moves in a whole new concept of the phrase.
Have better posture
Having better posture does more for your body than just make you look taller and slimmer. It can help prevent neck and back problems, caused by slumping and poor posture. Pilates strengthens and lengthens your body, especially your back muscles, helping you to stand taller and look slimmer and more graceful, even when just standing there.
Be better at sports
Whether you are a golfer, dancer, runner or tennis player, Pilates will improve your performance at whatever sport you prefer. By helping your muscles become stronger, more flexible, and more coordinated, Pilates helps you to excel at every sport you play. Joseph Pilates, the creator of this form of exercise, was a boxer, diver, gymnast and skier, and used his exercises to help injured World War I soldiers recover. Imagine what it can do for you!