If the call of improved flexibility and a toned tum haven’t lured you into joining Pilates then you may be swayed when you learn the other benefits the practice can have on your body and mind.
If you’re looking for a few more reasons to roll out your mat, here are some insights from Pilates instructor and founder of MPower Pilates, Michelle Koton on why you need to add this into your workout regime.
These days it’s hard to even have a minute without looking at your phone or disconnecting from the responsibilities of work, family and life. Regular Pilates (using the correct technique) helps to clear and calm the mind while allowing you time for yourself - away from technology and other distractions of life. Focusing on the instructor’s cues in a session encourages full concentration and can help improve cognitive-impairment.
“The flow of the Pilates repertoire can feel meditative,” says Michelle. “You are breathing, connecting with your body and your mind is fully focused on your movement. This is when you are getting the most out of your workout.”
Farewell aches and pains
When you reach your 40’s you’ve probably picked up a few niggles along the way. You may experience some loss of bone density (or even osteoporosis) and things like peri menopause might leave you carrying a little extra weight making workouts less comfortable than they used to be. Pilates can to help re-balance the body, strengthen injured areas and prevent re-injury. If you find yourself with a few lingering aches and pains, try a small group setting or private lesson where the instructor can tailor the session for your specific needs and focus areas. In a group setting, make sure the flag your injury with the instructor so modifications and adjustments can easily be addressed throughout the class.
“When you exercise with people who are like minded, movement becomes fun and natural once again and the “hard part” of exercising fades away,” said Michelle. “The more you connect with the people you work out with the more you will want to exercise.”
Studies suggest that working out with friends can improve the effectiveness of your next workout so find a Pilates studio in your area so you can meet your neighbours or like -minded individuals.
You CAN get stronger as you age
With menopause, poor sleep and slumping energy levels can leave you feeling exhausted. Not to mention a weakening pelvic floor that leaves you dashing for the bathroom at a moment’s notice. Foundation Pilates exercises and principles can help build core muscles and your pelvic floor to make other activities like gardening, cycling, going to the bathroom or even standing up straight, easier.
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First published: 26 Apr 2019