Our best childhood memories often include the times when we were most active, whether it was bursting onto the playground during recess, swinging on the jungle gym or riding a bike for miles. These memories can fade as we move through our 20s, 30s and beyond, along with our fitness and energy levels.
But whether you are 25 or 65, a Pilates exercise program can help restore your mobility and flexibility, improve your posture, and increase your overall health.
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a method of exercise developed by Joseph Pilates that focuses on breathing, concentration, control, centering, precision and rhythm.
In 1926, Joseph and Clara Pilates brought their exercise system (originally called Contrology) to New York City. Originally, this exercise system was attractive to dancers and performers because of its ability to allow them to train muscles that were similar to their dance training.
Today, Pilates has developed into a unique system of exercise that can be modified for people of all ages and activity levels.
How Pilates can improve your health
Pilates stretches, strengthens and balances the body by developing strength in the core muscles. The core muscles include the abdominal muscles as well as the muscles around the hips and spine.
Pilates is easy on your joints yet challenging to your body. Whereas most strength exercises add bulk to your body, Pilates makes your muscles toned, long and lean. It improves flexibility, can help prevent overuse injuries and increases your mind/body awareness.