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PILATES for Anyone ?

Updated: Jun 10, 2020

Who is Pilates for ? Can anyone do Pilates ? What are the benefits of Pilates ?

Pilates Mat and Reformer Pilates are both low-impact workouts that focus on using bodyweight resistance. The benefits are vast. Workouts can increase overall health, leading to a better quality of life.

As with any exercise, proper form is crucial. Modifications must be made for those with physical limitations.

Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates at the end of World War I. It was primarily used as rehabilitation for wounded soldiers. Pilates brought his method to the United States in 1923 and spent years refining his approach.

Pilates may:

  • increase muscle strength and endurance

  • improve flexibility and posture

  • lead to better balance

  • result in decreased joint pain

Pilates focuses on small movements that require the use of important stabilizing muscles of the back and core. There is a strong emphasis on starting each exercise with a controlled breath that initiates a contraction of the core muscles. Pilates can be done on a mat or on specialized equipment. The equipment is unique as it only uses springs, levers, and your own body weight to provide resistance.

Evidence suggests that Pilates may be beneficial for those with the following conditions:

  • arthritis

  • urinary incontinence

  • respiratory conditions

  • joint injuries

  • back pain

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