Some of Joseph Pilates' initial work had been with bed-ridden, sick and injured soldiers. Through working with these recovering patients,he realised that strengthening the really deep muscles that support the spine enabled people to align joints correctly, permitting essential organs to work to their optimum and hence promote extremely good health. In the Pilates exercises we do today we realize the same benefits.
In todays fast paced working society, too many people suffer the consequences of sitting at a desk all day; If you are hunched over in an unhealthy position all day, just think of just how this might hamper your lungs and other organs from working correctly. This will then perhaps not only have an impact on your respiration, but may additionally make you feel sluggish and inevitably cause backache as your postural muscles and your diaphragm becomes tight (because it is attached to your back) and so the painful string of bad events can goe on.
If you're considering starting a Pilates program, here's what you need to know:
Is Pilates for beginners?
Pilates for beginners â€” is that an oxymoron? Not at all. Pilates isn't just for fitness fiends. Pilates is an accessible way to build strength in your core muscles for better posture, balance and flexibility
Another common misperception is that Pilates requires specialized equipment. Indeed, when you think of Pilates you probably picture the reformer, an apparatus that resembles a bed frame with a sliding carriage and adjustable springs, or the cadillac, a type of trapeze table. The reality is that many Pilates exercises can be done on the floor with just a mat.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
- Improved core strength and stability
- Improved posture and balance
- Improved flexibility
- Prevention and treatment of back pain
- Improved breathing and lung capacity
Is Pilates for everyone?
What to look for in a Pilates instructor
Ask the following questions of any Pilates instructor you're considering:
- Did the instructor complete a comprehensive training program that included a training apprenticeship?
- How long has the instructor been teaching Pilates?
- Is the instructor able to adapt exercise for special needs, such as injuries and rehabilitation?
How does Pilates fit into a total fitness program?If you're a healthy adult, your weekly exercise routine should include:
- At least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity â€” or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity
- Strength training exercises at least twice a week