5 Benefits of Pilates

Pilates is often associated with a toned body. However, it was invented in the 1930s by Joseph Pilates with the intention to help soldiers injured in war recover from chronic pain. The Pilates method is a series of exercises inspired by ballet, calisthenics, and yoga, and it’s meant to improve flexibility, balance, and strength.

During a Pilates session, you must focus on a series of precise movements. These exercises can help you become more aware of your movements and the rhythm of your breathing. 

From our specialists at Momentum Physical Therapy, here are five benefits of introducing Pilates into your physical recovery program.

1. Increases flexibility 

Do you suffer from a stiff back? Or perhaps you find it difficult to transition between standing up and sitting down.

Pilates exercises involve a lot of transitions and stretching, warming up your muscles and improving your flexibility. Although Yoga is known to improve flexibility, Pilates may be a superior option because it involves continuous movements rather than static poses. 

2. Improves cardiovascular health

If you have difficulty walking for long periods or doing chores around the house without having to catch your breath, you may benefit from a series of exercises that strengthen your heart

Because Pilates workouts last up to 50 minutes, they challenge your heart and lungs, improving your endurance.

3. Builds a strong core

Pilates exercises are known for their ability to build strong abdominal muscles. Aside from providing aesthetic benefits, a stronger core can help relieve pressure from your legs and correct a poor posture.

4. Helps with balance issues 

Balance problems are often associated with inner-ear infections and diseases. However, weak muscles can also lead to poor balance. 

Pilates exercises require you to make slow movements, which enable you to build strength over time and improve your ability to maintain your balance. 

5. Gives your circulatory system a boost 

Are your hands and feet always cold? Perhaps you’ve noticed some numbness and tingling in your extremities. 

Poor circulation often occurs in people who are sedentary and have gone through periods of prolonged bed rest. 

Aside from causing unpleasant symptoms, poor blood flow can lead to slowed recovery and the development of cardiovascular issues. Fortunately, any type of exercise, including Pilates, can get your blood pumping. 

Find out if Pilates is a good fit for your recovery journey 

Our experts use Pilates to address a variety of health concerns, including injuries, chronic back pain, and balance issues. Contact us to schedule an appointment and find out whether Pilates is the right fit for your health goals. 

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