How Pilates is the key to overall wellness

How Pilates is the key to overall wellness

At Aligned Pilates, we believe strength and movement can be key to overall wellness. Pilates is a low-impact, full-body workout that is beneficial for people of all ages and fitness levels. Developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century, Pilates focuses on core strength, flexibility, and balance.

There are many reasons why Pilates is good for overall wellness. Here’s what it can do for you.

Improve your core strength

The core muscles are the muscles that support the spine and pelvis. Strong core muscles help to improve posture, reduce back pain, and increase stability. In fact, core strength is increasingly important as you age. A strong core can help you improve your balance and keep you stable, and it can even help you fight against osteoporosis.

Increase your flexibility

Pilates exercises stretch and lengthen the muscles, which can help to improve flexibility and range of motion. Increased flexibility can help your joints move more fluidly and decrease your risk of injury. It can also improve blood flow to your muscles and help them work more effectively.

Improve your balance

Pilates exercises challenge the balance system, which can help to improve coordination and reduce the risk of falls. According to some researchers, balance is important for living a long, healthy life because falls happen to 36 million adults over the age of 65 each year. Pilates can help improve balance and reduce your risk of falling considerably.

Reduce stress

Pilates exercises can help to reduce stress and improve mood. This is because Pilates focuses on controlled breathing and mindful movement. Higher levels of stress can lead to a number of health issues, including depression, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Controlling that stress can help you sleep better, have less muscle tension, boost your mood, and so much more.

Help with weight loss

While we don’t want to promise that Pilates will solve all of the weight issues you may have, what we can tell you is that Pilates burns calories and helps you build lean muscle mass, which can contribute to weight loss. As Pilates builds strength and muscle tissue, it helps you raise your basal metabolic rate (BMR), which helps your body burn more calories, even when you’re resting.

Reduce some pain you may have

Pilates can help to reduce pain caused by a variety of conditions, such as back pain, neck pain, and arthritis. That’s because Pilates enhances joint mobility and improves the deep muscles that can help with nerve control, balance, spinal control, and strength. In fact, research has shown that Pilates can reduce chronic lower back pain.

Improve athletic performance

Pilates can not only help to improve athletic performance by increasing strength, flexibility, and balance. But studies also show that having a strong athletic performance can be good for a person’s mental health, too. It can lead to improved self-esteem while also reducing injury and promoting a healthier way of life.

Things to know before you start

If you’ve never attempted Pilates before, there are a few tips you should know before you get started, so you can get the most out of your workout:

  • Start slowly and gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts over time.
  • Focus on controlled breathing and mindful movement.
  • Listen to your body and stop if you feel pain.
  • Have fun! Pilates is a great way to improve your overall wellness and have fun at the same time.

Aligned Pilates offers an Intro to Pilates class that can help you learn the basics before you fully commit to a Pilates program. Our staff will help you every step of the way.

We also offer classes that focus on the specialized reformer apparatus, developed by Joseph Pilates himself. The reformer provides a low-impact way to ensure a more dynamic and targeted workout than simply using a mat alone. With the reformer, we’ll help you elongate the spine, joints, and muscles, leading to more flexibility, strength, and balance, as well as a healthier mind.

Get started today

Ready to begin your Pilates journey? Check out Aligned Pilates classes and book with us today.

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