The exercise Pilates was originally developed by Joseph Pilates, who dedicated his entire life to improving physical and mental health during the early 20th Century. Today Pilates is a well-known exercise and lifestyle across the globe and is a popular choice of exercise for hundreds of thousands of people.
Some benefits of Pilates are:
1. Great for killer abs and core strength
Pilates really hits your core muscle (or ‘powerhouse’ as it is called in the Pilates world), which has effects on your lower back, abdomen, hip, and pelvic muscles. The Pilates and group exercise classes can help you to build abs and core strength.
2. Good workout for your entire body
Even though the main focus of Pilates is on developing your core strength, it also plays a part in developing a full-body workout. This ensures that no specific muscle is overdeveloped or underdeveloped, giving you that perfect lean body you are looking for.
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3. Perfect rehab for back pain
It is not always guaranteed, and certainly not a quick fix, but many people have seen their back pain gradually disappear after practicing Pilates. There is even one case study where a sufferer of back pain visited 50 specialists, only to find that Pilates has helped to cure her back pain.
4. Gives you a great backside
You will not find specific exercises which solely benefit your backside. But, with a whole-body Pilates workout, a major bonus is that every single exercise involves your backside in some way or form.
5. Improves your posture
Poor posture forms as a result of bad habits such as slouching at your desk and chair, which can eventually cause backache, neck ache, headache, etc. The bad habits will result in asymmetrical muscle development, where some muscles become weaker than others. Pilates can help to strengthen those underdeveloped muscles and get rid of bad posture.