We all know the main benefits of Pilates – a lean body, greater flexibility, balance plus a stronger core.
But can also provide some other surprising benefits you may not even realise.
Train your brain
Let’s face it, when you are on the running machine or lifting weights, you tend to zone out and turn off the brain.
But you can’t do that with Pilates – you really need to focus on what you are doing. Pilates forces you to play close attention to your breath while working through every movement to ensure proper form.
Eases back pain
Estimates from the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2014–15 National Health Survey show about 3.7 million Australians (16% of the population) have back problems. It is estimated that 70–90% of people will suffer from lower back pain in some form at some point in their lives.
Pilates is a particularly good exercise for many people with back pain as it is designed to strengthen the deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. Which are critical when supporting the back. The more support your back has from these muscles, the less chance you will rely on your back to give you support.
Numbers released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that Australians are stressing more than ever.
Any exercise is an excellent way to lower your stress levels. However as Pilates has a strong focus on breathing, connecting to your body and improving how you carry yourself, its is an ideal program for stress relief. It acts as a distraction from daily worries and a chance to focus more on your body and well-being.
We know Pilates helps strengthen your core but did you know having a strong and activated core helps you with better posture.As it helps carry your body in a better and safer way.
Plus better posture makes us look slimmer, taller and dare I say a lot sexier. So never underestimate how important perfect posture is.
Great way to meet the ladies
Gents take note – is not just for women! Real men do Pilates. In fact, the creator was a male German fitness instructor, boxer and self-defence coach named Joseph Pilates.
And don’t forget Pilates is a great addition to your current training schedule as well as protecting you from injury. Check timetable