It's all too easy to say you're going to go to the gym or take up a new sport, it's finding something that we'll stick to for the long term that's really tricky. What if you could solve all those problems with a single activity? Enter: Pilates.
1. The Exercise for Everyone
PILATES IS A GENTLE FORM OF EXERCISE THAT'S OPEN TO ANYONE WHO WANTS TO KEEP THEMSELVES HEALTHY. THERE'S NO AGE LIMIT OR FITNESS REQUIREMENT FOR DOING PILATES.
If it's been a while since you did any kind of sport, don't worry. Right now, tonight or tomorrow morning, you can start Pilates – and in the comfort of your own home if you want. All you really need are some comfy clothing, then accessories such as a gym ball, elastic band and mat.
2. Time to Tone
JUST BECAUSE IT'S GENTLE, DOESN'T MEAN IT'S INEFFECTIVE.
Pilates uses all of your muscle groups (abdominals, back muscles, glutes) and it won’t be long before you notice them becoming more toned. In a nutshell, Pilates involves performing movements fluidly, slowly and with perfect control, as well as working on your breathing. This will help you build up your core muscles and lose a few inches too.
3. Relieve Your Back
IF YOU SOMETIMES SUFFER FROM BACK PAIN, PILATES CAN BE A HANDY ALLY.
Pilates involves performing broad movements with a perfectly aligned spine. It's a way of training your body by working the muscles that support you and fighting your number one enemy: back pain. In time, you'll learn to naturally straighten your back and hold yourself more upright.
Of course, there are plenty of other reasons to take up Pilates, which is why it's becoming so popular. Pilates is practical and accessible, so that’s the fear of starting taken care of, and once you do you’ll notice not just how much more flexible and strong you are but your improved sense of wellbeing. A quarter of an hour in the morning, at any time during the day, or just before bed will help you create your own little zen bubble and take your mind off the stresses of work or life. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
Accessories for gentle exercises, such as gentle gym or the Pilates method, are anything but futile. They are very useful for everyone, irrespective of their level. They make the exercises easier, improve posture or add extra difficulty to training in order to make progress.