The Benefits of Pilates
by Della Menechella
recommends Pilates as a method of treatment.

While it certainly helps with physical problems, you will find many other positive
rewards when you start integrating Pilates into your exercise program.

#1 Benefit of Pilates - Strong Core

Pilates focuses on strengthening your deep abdominal muscles, your back and your
butt. This results in greater pelvic stability and less likelihood that you will sustain an
injury in your back. You will also enjoy having a flat, toned and sleek tummy.

#2 Benefit of Pilates - Improved Posture

Pilates works to lengthen the spinal compression that you might be developing,
especially as you grow older or spend long hours hunched over in front of a
computer. Many of us spend a great part of the day with our shoulders slumped
forward. Pilates encourages you to lengthen the back of your neck and to slide your
shoulder blades back and down. This encourages better postural alignment and
allows you to stand and sit straighter and taller.

#3 Benefit of Pilates - Increased Strength and Flexibility

When you are doing Pilates, you are simultaneously strengthening and stretching
your muscles. This gives your joints greater range of motion and also helps prevent
the likelihood that you will get injured.

#4 Benefit of Pilates - Longer and Leaner Muscles

Many strength-training exercises focus on working only one body part at a time,
which leads to a compressed, bulky muscle. When you do Pilates exercises, you are
working your entire body and you elongate the muscle as you move it with precision
and control. The result - your body has a longer, leaner look.

#5 Benefit of Pilates - Improved Mind Body Connection

Pilates is not a mindless activity. There is a very strong focus on deep breathing. You
do certain moves as you inhale, while others as you exhale. This fosters a greater
awareness about how you can integrate deep breathing and movement into positive
body control.

#6 Benefit of Pilates - It is Safe for Everyone

Pilates is a gentle, low impact workout. In every class, you are given a modification
to address your own unique level of strength, flexibility, and fitness. With the proper
instruction, it is safe for seniors, for those who are physically challenged, and also
those who are recovering from injuries.

If you've ever wondered about Pilates, why not give it a try? You can see for yourself
how Pilates can make a positive difference in your mind, health - and, of course -
your body.


About The Author

Della Menechella is a yoga and fitness enthusiast who has been involved in fitness for
over thirty years. Her website
/ is filled
with practical information about how you can make yoga and fitness a positive part
of your life. Visit the site and get your free meditation e-book.
Pilates can benefit your overall health
and sense of well-being in many
ways. I have been doing Pilates for
three years and I have seen for
myself how challenging, yet effective
it is.

Recently, I was diagnosed with
fibromyalgia, a chronic muscle and
soft tissue pain syndrome. One of my
osteopathic doctors told me that if I
hadn't been doing Pilates (and yoga),
I would not be able to get on and off
the examining table. As a matter of
fact, when patients come to see him
because of pain, he often
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