When it comes to Pilates, most women either are die-hard enthusiasts or have never stepped foot in a Pilates studio. Are you in the latter group? Tons of research on the benefits of Pilates would suggest you switch camps. Check out the uniquely awesome power of Pilates.
The health benefits of Pilates include: improved flexibility. increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks along with enhanced muscular control of your back and limbs.
Look at top advantages of doing pilates for girls.
1. Useful for your core
Pilates hits your core unlike any other workout. In fact, after completing 36 weeks of Pilates training, women strengthened their rectus abdominis by an average of twenty-one percent, while eliminating muscle imbalances between the right and left sides of their cores, according to a Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise study.
2. It can ease back pain
A stronger core equals a better back, says Tracy Zindell, Flex Pilates Chicago founder and master instructor. That is why those with chronic lower back pain who practiced Pilates for just four weeks experienced more relief than those who visited a physician and other specialists, says a Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy study. What’s more, their pain stayed away for a full year post-Pilates. Researchers believe that by stabilizing the core’s lumbar-pelvic (lower-back) region, Pilates alleviates stress on the area and ups mobility.
3. It hones your focus
Pilates urges you to focus on your breath, your body, and how they move together. It takes a lot of concentration, says Zindell. You cannot zone out. That means you’re forced to forget about work, bills, boyfriends, and other drama for a full hour.
4. It improves your sports performance
Try doing lunges without your abdominals. You will crumble over, says Zindel, who has trained everyday athletes and professional ones including Chicago Bulls player Joakim Noah. With a stronger core, you can run faster, your yoga is on point, and overall, the rest of your workouts improve, she says. Plus, by working in small groups or one-on-one with a Pilates instructor, you can learn moves that mimic and improve performance in your sport of choice.
5. It makes You More Flexible
In one Brazilian study, when young women without any prior Pilates experience performed 20 Pilates sessions, they became 19.1 percent more flexible. When you are tight, you shorten your muscle and limit your body’s range of motion, she says. At best, that can hurt your exercise performance. At worst, it can cause injury.
So, start doing your pilates from now on.