One of the perks of having a dynamic Pilates manly friend is they can closely monitor your exercises. These days, life is so fast. We all rush around, most of the time using our cars and not getting the exercise that our bodies crave. We age faster as we take on greater stresses and strains and eat too much. In this article I’m going to share with you what Pilates can do for your posture and your figure.
It’s not often that any of us see people with excellent posture. Many of us spend hours being bent over a computer screen. What most people don’t realise is that bad posture can cause a lot of problems. For one it’s the leading cause of back pain. According to the founder of Pilates, Joseph Pilates ‘You are only as old as your spine is stiff.’
We’ve all been there. Every once in a while we’ll watch a sport or exercise technique that takes our fancy. We imagine ourselves slim and looking good. So we go along to the local gym a couple of times, but then resume our previous habits again very quickly. Watching television every night for hours on end, doesn’t do much for a good figure.
What I’m gong to tell you here is what will make all the difference to you and your figure.
Pilates is a very effective body conditioning technique that is used by world class athletes. Not only does it strengthen the muscles, but it enables better posture by aligning the spine and the pelvis. It also reduces stress, improves breathing and makes you look leaner and more toned. If that isn’t enough then the increased serotonin that it delivers will certainly make you happy.
Pilates works by putting the focus onto the quality of movement. It’s not enough to move your body any old way, it’s about using particular muscles to control the speed at which you move. If you haven’t been exercising for sometime, your muscles will have pretty much ‘deactivated’ and Pilates will provide the means to wake them up. Muscles that have not been used for so long will affect the surrounding muscles and you’ll be left with an imbalanced body that will contribute to back pain and other injuries.
The goal of Pilates is to promote elasticity and flexibility. You won’t be over training any particular muscles, as is easy to do down the gym. You’ll gain a flat tummy from the focus that is put on the core of the body. In particular the area of the abdominals and the spine will be worked out so that your body is in alignment. This will help with posture.
Pilates is the type of exercise that won’t build you up. It will make you look longer and leaner. It will also realign your body so that no muscles are over compensating for the weakness of others. You’ll look like one of those fit athletes that are in the Summer or Winter Olympic Games after a few months. That is definitely something to aim for.
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