The one way that I love getting fit is through Pilates, it’s my go-to exercise for a clear mind and a healthy body. When you’ve had a hard day at work and the gym seems like a chore, there’s one activity that’ll make you feel relaxed, elated and seriously fit. Plus, Pilates isn’t just a celebrity fad, it actually works, and here’s why.
Say goodbye to stress.
Much like yoga, Pilates uses breathing techniques that helps through the tough moves. This definitely is a de-stress buster that gets your endorphins moving. It’s also very time efficient, you can complete a total body workout in just under an hour. Whether it’s in the morning or after work, Pilates provides a fun and stress free escape.
Strengthen your core.
More than anything else, Pilates in known for strengthening the core, and man, does it live up to its reputation! During every exercise, you focus on keeping your core engaged, while working your back, legs, arms and thighs. If done right, practiced at least three times a week, and with a healthy diet, you will see improvement in your whole body. That six-pack and a flat belly will show up within no time.
Relieve lower back pain.
Lower back pain is associated with bad posture, so how do you fix it? Basically by improving your dynamic stability – the ability of the body to hold itself in better alignment for longer, maintaining upright posture, stability and responsiveness – which is Pilates.
Also the creator of Pilates, Joseph Pilates, believed that by having awareness of breath and of alignment of the spine, we can strengthen the deep torso and abdominal muscles. So essentially a life free from back pain. Hurrah.
This form of exercise can be done in the comfort of your own home, for free, and with no equipment. All you basically need is a computer and something to practice on; like a carpet or a yoga mat. I love how something so easy to achieve can have the ultimate results.
Cassey Ho is a Pilates instructor, has a YouTube account called Blogilates, as well as a website, and a book. Her videos are seriously the best ones out there, but will definitely have you screaming at the screen because of the torture. You’ll be dying from these moves and she’s just talking about her nail polish (I’m not joking). Yet I absolutely love what she does. She has a calendar each month of exercise videos to complete everyday, go to her website for the October calendar here.
Seriously try it out and let me know what you think. It’ll be hard, these moves are definitely really hard to perfect, but when you do you’ll be so proud of yourself. 🙂
Have fun trying out Pilates~ remember as well as exercising always eat healthy and clean to get that body you’ve been dreaming about. Even though working out helps with getting slim, eating well is what gives you that six-pack.
If you remember that, keep up the motivation and have a great time then improvement will just be around the corner.
Till next time…