Pilates and Its Benefits

pilatesDid you know that there are more overweight people now as compared to about ten years ago? Lifestyle and the quality of living had changed and so as the socio economic factor which affects a nation has also evolved. There are more parents working now as compared to the man in the house going out and earning a living some years back. As both parents try hard to earn a living, young ones are left on their own to choose and eat whatever they want. An overweight child will have bigger chances of being an overweight adult.

If you feel you are overweight and that no matter what kind of dieting you do does not work, well it is time to analyze your daily activities. Are you dieting yet living a sedentary lifestyle? Are there activities that you indulge in that helps you to lose weight? Have you thought of going to the gym and start your own fitness program? Well if you answered YES to any of these questions, then at least you are aware that something needs to be done.

One of the fastest ways to lose weight is the combination of modified food intake and proper exercise. There are many kinds of activities to choose from, aerobics, triathlon, swimming, dancing or cycling. But active exercise is not for everybody. There are those who are unable to follow fast dance routines and some are afflicted with medical conditions that prevent them from participating in exercises like kickboxing or taekwondo. If you are looking for an exercise that is not going to make you hop and jump up and down yet will have the maximum effect, why don’t you try Pilates?

Pilates is an exercise program that has been developed by Joseph Pilates. This is popular in Germany, the United States and also in the United Kingdom. A method derived from the word ‘control’ Joseph Pilates also calls Pilates as Contrology. Pilates is a routine that conditions the body by building up flexibility. It also trains you with strength and endurance exercises putting emphasis on the alignment of your spine and pelvic bones. This tones your legs, hips and arms too. Proper breathing exercise is also being taught to help relieve stress and to make sure there is adequate supply of oxygen in the body. This exercise also helps to improve body coordination with various intensities.

Initially taught to dancers, this famous exercise is now being taught in various studios by experts. To help with resistance training, there are some apparatus and gadgets being used. Some use springs to provide more resistance and these results to progressive resistance. The most famous apparatus used is called the Reformer. Some use the Cadillac or what is also known as the Trapeze table and others make use of chairs.

Pilates promotes six principles to benefit from this exercise. Practitioners have now adapted the six original principles of Pilates which are concentration, control, center, flow, precision and breathing. By following the routines and using the apparatus intended to enhance the method, you will surely benefit from Pilates. It will develop your body coordination and muscle strength and this leads to better health and long flexible muscles to achieve the body you have always wanted.