There are several reasons which make Pilates an essential part of our life and which I can possibly mention here only few.
Why is Pilates a good way to switch off your brain by concentration? When I read Pilates is all about concentration alone, this confuses my mind. This has to be discussed together with motor skills. Please expand below statements to freshen up your mind and to have wow effect 🙂
Your motor skills are engaged at its most..
For instance simply in running or walking, you wouldn’t have too much to focus on. Your body is naturally able to walk and run without an extra concentration. Even in swimming, water helps you to lift yourselve up. All the resistance machines are good for muscle development yet again they bring the necessary concentration down to a minimum level. Mat Pilates is mostly about controlling and balancing your own body weight against gravity. So your motor skills are engaged at its most, you need to concentrate well and as the moves flow all the way through a Pilates class, you find a good way to switch your brain totally off!
This part could be considered as the main competency of Pilates and tell us why we should combine our cardio workouts with Pilates as many professionals do.
“If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.”
Briefly, our brain gets messages from our sensory system and decides which muscles specifically need to action in which way. This happens by the help of our lovely nervous system and our spine is the bridge for signal transfer. That’s awesome up to this point. What if I tell you there are muscles holding all the discs (bones) together in our spine and give it its certain shape. Touch with your hands and feel those small ball like bones through your bottom to your skull. We always skip those muscles and put our spine aside eventhough it is life bearing. Well, I know most of us luckily very young and healthy person and we are always after the quickest way of getting into shape. Yet, we skip very important thing. Having a long lasting beautiful physical appearance relies on keeping our spine strong and flexible.
So the best way to do so is Pilates unless you are a dancer or ballet.
That’s why Pilates appeal to everyone and especially it is very popular amongst people who has a hectic worklife in the office, sit all day long, drive too much, feels quite stressful and as a result have tight muscles…I almost forgot to mention about elderly people who doesn’t fancy intense activities but would like to keep their neutral curvature of spine and their motor skills working!
Another reason of why other sports professionals do Pilates as well, it is the best way of taking the tension out from your joints which are usually under a lot of pressure either by daily activities or running or power walking or weight-lifting activities etc. Regularly and properly work through our joints help our body to produce more synovial fluid (it is the necessity to prevent the friction in our joints) therefore keeping the joints working efficiently is another way to stay young as you get ages.
Pilates is obsessed with Pelvic Floor muscles. Almost every class starts with Pelvic muscle activation and you barely find this opportunity in other activity types. Just an advice, squats are perfect at activating your pelvic floor muscles without knowing you switch them on.
What have we got to do with these muscles?
they lift upwards the internal organs
they prevent incontinence (control the release of urine)
they help to deliver the baby and might loosen after the labour, therefore, needs to be worked out both in pre and post-natal period
they have got sexual functions
……and many more
I might have mentioned about this at the very beginning of this article! 🙂
“Above all, learn how to breathe correctly “. Joseph Pilates
When I first immerse myself into Pilates, I came across with lateral breathing. This breathing technique is used all the way through in a proper Pilates class. Therefore, effective breathing is granted by Pilates!
What has our body got to do with this efficient breathing. More details on why we need to breathe more efficiently are at my breathing effectively post. However here, at least it is good to know the more our ribcage expands the more our livers could get oxygen in. This is possible as long as the muscles between the ribcage are alive and strong. Otherwise, we have difficulty in breathing, lack of oxygen supply to our cells inevitably lead to other diseases.
The main principle in Pilates is to breathe efficiently and you definitely do this with the instructions you get during a class. Plus, lateral breathing happens with the help of lower abdominals. That’s why your lower abdominals are always engaged in a decent Pilates class and you see the difference in your tummy area.
These are only a few benefits of Pilates we can mention about yet enough to encourage ourselves to love our body and mind more than ever before and it is a good start to think about our total fitness level.
Love you all…:)