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16 HEALTH BENEFITS OF PILATES, +10 TIPS FOR BEGINNERS

16 HEALTH BENEFITS OF PILATES, +10 TIPS FOR BEGINNERS

Pilates is now recognised globally as one of the most effective methods for having a healthy, beautiful, flexible and strong body. I’ve talked a lot in the latest articles about the importance of finding the right workout, which helps us to achieve physical and mental wellbeing. Now I would like to emphasize how, no matter the workout, Pilates remains the only method that allows you to be physically and mentally prepared to face other trainings and sports activities in a conscious and safe way.

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That said, I would like to share with you, not only my opinion, but also a review by Jen Miller, a blogger whose focus is to skim through many articles, activities, products … and offer only “the best” advices, to give to her readers. Tips focused on what and where to look for “well-being”.

Jen Miller, in his article “16 Benefits of Pilates, according to science (+10 tips for beginners)”, points out what are the strengths of this method, after a brief introduction, which I will report here.

 

In the 1920’s, a man by the name of Joseph Pilates observed people doing yoga, and animals moving how they naturally do at the zoo and came up with a series of movements that allow a human to stretch and build muscle that he called pilates.

Pilates is considered to be a “low-impact, big result” workout regimen. It was intended to be a workout for dancers with injuries.

Knowing it’s intended purpose it should come as no surprise that the series of movement works out the entire body but also tends to focus more on the core muscles and balance. (1)

Pilates is series of movements that are slow, methodical, require a lot of focus and accuracy coupled with controlled breathing.

Because it is not considered cardio, yet it is considered exercise and because it is so adaptable, pilates is perfect for those just starting out in the exercise world or those coming back from an injury.

Pilates is very much like yoga, but it is stepped up a notch.

Pilates is more balance, more muscle toning, more stretching, more flexibility, more mind/body connection. (2)

Pilates can be done as a stand alone exercise if it is challenging enough in itself but many do pilates on their “day off” from a stringent workout routine.

Regardless of why you choose to do pilates, the health benefits are amazing.

Here are 16 amazing health benefits of pilates and 10 tips for beginners.

 

Let’s now look at what Jen Miller’s benefits are, as a list:

  1. Pilates improves flexibility
  2. Pilates increases strenght
  3. Pilates increases core strength
  4. Pilates Is Safe For Rehabilitation
  5. Pilates Increases Circulation
  6. Pilates Increases Lung Health
  7. Pilates Improves Concentration
  8. Pilates Increases Coordination
  9. Pilates Improves Balance
  10. Pilates Improves Posture
  11. Pilates Lowers Stress
  12. Pilates Can Bring Increased Self Awareness
  13. Pilates Can Prevent Injury
  14. Pilates Can Improve Your Brain Health
  15. Pilates Fights Insomnia
  16. Pilates Increases Energy

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In addition to the benefits, Jen Miller also points out 10 tips for beginners. For those who start a new physical activity, it’s important not to be discouraged and choose the most suitable option, whether it’s a group class, a private lesson, or an internet course. Getting to pilates is as simple as going on the web, and doing something for your own well-being is definitely a great idea!

  1. Find a Pilates Instructor

There is no better way to learn something than to find someone to teach you. When just starting something, it is important to learn it right the first time.

  1. Make Pilates Part of Your Routine

In order to get the most out of any exercise, consistency is very important. Take the time to learn everything properly, work into everything slowly and do it right

  1. Make Space For Pilates

Making space in your schedule for pilates is important but making physical space in your home to practice pilates is just as important. If you choose to practice in your own home rather than going to studio, that is great!

  1. Start Slow

Take the time to learn everything properly, work into everything slowly and do it right.

  1. Be Forgiving

That being said, you will probably not get every move right the first time you try. And that is fine!

  1. Appreciate the Spiritual Aspect of Pilates

Pilates has many physical benefits but pilates also has spiritual and emotional benefits that should not be ignored.

  1. Stay Hydrated

Your body uses water to remove toxins and pilates helps to detoxify the body. In order to detoxify more efficiently, stay well hydrated.

  1. Focus

You must focus on the physical elements but you are also supposed focus inward, in order to progress at the best.

  1. Wear The Appropriate Clothing

You will want to chose something that is loose enough to allow for all of the movement that is needed. It is also important for many to do the practice barefoot.

  1. Don’t Overcomplicate Pilates

There is nothing complicated about pilates until you choose to make it more complicated.

 

 

16 HEALTH BENEFITS OF PILATES, +10 TIPS FOR BEGINNERS

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