5 Surprising Health Benefits of Pilates

Pilates is nothing short of a miracle. Its vast number of health benefits—both mental and physical—have been shown to improve so many people’s lives. According to Dr. Mercola of Peak Fitness, Pilates will build a stronger core, improve flexibility, control, precision, and is a form of strength training as well. But the benefits don’t stop there.

Here are five of the many health benefits associated with Pilates.

1. Injury Recovery and Prevention

Every movement in Pilates is designed with precision to improve posture, flexibility, and strengthen muscles. Mercola states that an estimated 80 percent of the US population will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Learning proper posture is crucial in avoiding this fate.

Physical therapists all over the world recommend Pilates as part of a back injury rehabilitation regimen.

Another way to quickly recover from muscle injury is through cryotherapy. Cryotherapy is the use of very low temperatures either on a localized area or in the form of a cryotherapy chamber. Very cold temperatures can reduce swelling, inflammation, and decrease pain, even reversing damage to soft tissue and skin.

So, when battling chronic back pain or healing from a muscle injury, try combining Pilates and cryotherapy to return to your fully-functioning, pain-free self.

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2. Muscle Toning Miracle

Samantha Netkin explained in her article “How Pilates Became the Answer to My Summer Exercise Woes” that her Pilates instructor calmed her nerves about building bulky muscles. She responded to Netkin’s concerns, saying “in Pilates, we use our own body weight, which will never make you bulky.”

The strength training exercises are designed to strengthen and tone muscle without bulking them up. Repetition and proper technique are both key when simultaneously trimming down and strengthening up.

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3. Concentration Booster

Pilates is all about the mind-body connection. Showing up is not enough. In order to get the best out of a Pilates session, you must be present, focusing on your breath and on your body movements—synchronizing them to accurately execute the moves.

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4. Improved Performance

Above all other muscles, Pilates focuses on strengthening the core. The core is called “the core” for a reason—with stronger core muscles, you can run faster, lunge lower, and perform better, overall. Stronger muscles give you more stamina, improving your game in every area, physically.

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5. Confidence Builder

Pilates corrects asymmetries in the abdominal wall which cause poor posture. According to Dr. Mercola, posture influences your energy level and your mood, which affect your work performance.

“Embodied cognition” describes the relationship between the mind and body. You may slouch when you’re feeling low, and you may feel low when you slouch. Improved posture means improved mood.

Pilates is for everyone! Beginners and advanced students alike can benefit from expertly designed Pilates classes in every aspect of their lives.