What is Pilates?
Pilates is an exercise method which works on your mind, body and spirit. Pilates is a holistic practice that addresses your body as a whole, not isolating specific areas. It works on both lengthening and strengthening your body. Pilates specifically addresses postural deviations, which occur from illness, injury and age. Pilates can be performed on a mat in a group setting or on specialized Pilates machines in a private or semi-private session.
Pilates has its own form of breathing which helps to calm your mind and body, creates rhythm and flow, improves your heart and lung health and can also add assistance or challenge when exercising.
Pilates focuses on the deep muscles in your body which are responsible for posture, stabilization and inner strength. These muscles often get forgotten about at the gym or other exercise regimes.
Pilates is an exercise method which is complimentary to all other forms of exercise whether it be cardiovascular exercise, strength training or sports specific training. You should be performing Pilates on a regular basis to remain pain free, injury free, strong and stretched.
Whilst Pilates tones, strengthens and stretches your body, you should not rely on it solely to help with fat loss. You still need to incorporate cardiovascular and strength activities such as walking, running, boxing, cycling, swimming, weight training, kettle bells, battle ropes etc into your fitness program.