Pilates has grown to a hugely popular form of exercise because of its incredible benefits to improve health, rehab injuries and improve overall performance.
Joseph Pilates worked with dancers, acrobats and gymnasts alike to help counteract the strain and stresses of the athletes’ rigorous training. Pilates based his work on three principles: breath, whole-body health and whole-body commitment.
Here are 3 benefits of Pilates:
1. Pilates is a whole body exercise.
People find that it is an exercise form that they can do comfortably yet is challenging and it doesn't cause strain and damage to theábody and the joints.á
“I think one of the biggest benefits is thatáPilates is core strength and flexibility that extends to the whole body,” said Mary Lou Savino, owner and president of Be Fit Physical Therapy & Pilates, LTD. “It is resistance training for the muscles combined with joint flexibility using functional movements through fluidity of motion.”
2. Pilates improves the mind as well as the body.
Pilates helps reduce stress and improves your mental health by encouraging you to focus on your breathing.
When Chinese researchers measured changes in women's brain activity after 10 weeks of Pilates training, they found an increase in the brain's alpha peak power, which is related to neural network activity, memory performance, and other cognitive functions. Researchers believe Pilates may even hold potential as a treatment option for people with brain-degenerative diseases and cognitive dysfunctions.
3. Low-impact movements are ideal for a wide range of abilities.
If you experience chronic lower back pain, Pilates can offer relief by alleviating the stress on the area and improving mobility. Pilates takes pressure off of the back and knees, making this low-impact form of exercise beneficial for individuals with joint issues. Pilates is good cross training form of exercise for those who do sport specific training or activities like golf, tennis, soccer, softball, baseball, football, cross fit, dancers and gymnastics.á
Be Fit Physical Therapy & Pilates: 4934 Main St. Downers Grove, IL 60515, 630.964.4008, www.befitpt.com