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Pilates…we know you’ve heard the name, but have you heard about how awesome of a workout it actually is? Pilates is a workout that combines breathing, slow movements, balance, and A LOT of core. While it gives you the strong, lean muscle you desire it remains easy on the joints and is even said to relieve muscle and joint pain. We love pilates and we think you will too that’s why we’ve rounded up our top five reasons why should be trying pilates ASAP.
1. ABBBBBBSSSSS, duh.
I mean who doesn’t want to rock a great set of abs. Pilates works the abdominal muscles more than any other workout, your abs are at the core (pun intended) of just about every exercise. Pilates is said to minimize imbalances between the right and left side abs while maximizing appearance of rectus abdominis aka the muscle responsible for your six pack. We want in.
2. It can ease back pain
A stronger core translates to a better back. Researchers believe that by stabilizing the core’s lumbar-pelvic (lower-back) region, Pilates alleviates stress on the area and ups mobility.
3. It’s easy on your joints
Pilates’ slow and controlled movements puts minimal impact on your joints. Pilates reformers have padding that is equivalent to 10 stacked yoga mats, this relieves pressure from your back and knees.
4. Long lean and flexible muscles, oh my.
More conventional or traditional workouts are weight bearing and tend to build short, bulky muscles – the type most prone to injury. Pilates elongates and strengthens, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility. A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured and it looks good.
5. It’s full mind- body work out
By emphasizing proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and concentration on smooth, flowing movement, you become acutely in tune with your body. You actually learn how to control its movement. In Pilates the quality of movement is valued over quantity of repetitions. Proper breathing is essential, and helps you execute movements with maximum power and efficiency. Last but not least, learning to breathe properly can reduce stress. There is no time to think about the outside world. It is 40-60 minutes of pure mind-body concentration.
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