I am so grateful that the gyms are back open because they have been amazing for my mental and physical health. I really enjoy pilates classes and I thought I would share some reasons why I think you should consider pilates into your fitness routine.
There are two main types of Pilates: Pilates Mat and Pilates Reformer. The mat version involves using the mat (duh) and focuses on body weight exercises. The reformer involves using a machine that incorporates resistance and whole body training. For this article, I am only talking about Pilates Reformer.
You may also notice some Pinterest Pins in this post. They’re not great but I’m trying. Anyway, onto the reasons.
The Fitness and Health Benefits are Endless
Obviously, we want to work out because we want to see physical results such as weight loss and fat loss. Have no fear – pilates is such a great exercise for this and I promise you that you WILL feel so happy and in touch with your body.
I love pilates because it focuses on creating muscle strength and tone. It also helps with flexibility, posture and balance and can also help lessen your chances of injury.
Another thing I love about Reformer Pilates is that it is a whole body workout. The class focuses on different exercises that target different parts of the body (e.g. glutes, legs, arms, core). Every class is different so no two classes are ever the same. This makes pilates a lot more fun for me.
I also feel so happy when I finish Pilates. It’s a really satisfying feeling and I feel so lengthened and strong.
Pilates Makes You Realise How Important the Mind and Soul is on Your Physical Health
PS. Pilates is Great to Destress
I never realised until I started doing pilates, that your mind affects your body so much. In Pilates, you will realise how important it is to control your movements and be mindful of how you breathe.
I actually thought about this after I left the gym and I honestly don’t think about ANYTHING whilst I’m doing pilates. I am SO FOCUSED and concentrated in my movements. Pilates is an excellent way to destress- allow you to have piece of mind and not worry about things that are troubling you and thus leaving you in a much more refreshed mindset. I definitely feel less sluggish and tired afterwards.
Pilates is a Low Impact Exercise and is Great for Recovery and Injury
To give some backstory, Joseph Pilates was a German physical trainer who invented the Pilates method of fitness. Pilates himself was sickly growing up with issues such as asthma and rheumatic fever. Thus, he dedicated his life to promoting a healthier lifestyle and improving physical strength and fitness.
The Pilates machine was initially used for rehabilitation and allowing those to recover from injury. I had a big workout at the gym on the weekend and my body started aching all over. My thighs were in PAIN. I realised that Pilates was the best exercise for me to still incorporate the gym as it was less intensive and nicer on my legs.
I am not even lying but the soreness in my thighs and legs has disappeared since doing pilates this morning.
For many people who want to work on their fitness but don’t want to go straight into the deep end, pilates is a great option for you.
Most Importantly, It is For Absolutely Everyone
As I mentioned previously, pilates is a great low impact exercise but you may still have doubts. It has many similarities to yoga which is all about flexibility and mobility but have no fear- there is literally something for everyone! All fitness levels are welcome!
At the gym I go to (Virgin Active), there are different pilates classes depending on difficulty. There is the normal Pilates Reformer which I do which is challenging but not difficult and I mostly can do all the exercises. (still can never nail the plank and don’t think I ever will but I do feel my core is getting stronger yay)
There is a Pilates Reformer-Intro class which is for beginners and the instructors go through how to use the machine (which is also super simple to use). There is also an athletic version which is meant to be super challenging but the middle class is the sweet spot- it’s just right.
Lastly, I wanted to draw attention to this quote which I think sums up the very essence of pilates very well.
The biggest takeaway I have received from Pilates is the connection between the mind and body or the connection between physical and emotional/mental health and wellbeing.
Through mind and body awareness and connection, I have never felt more in control of my body and mind and I have a new sense of power, self-love and Pilates.
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