Pain back reduce, quality of life improvement and rehab from different condition are just some of the benefits of Pilates. Do I need a machine for this? NO! You can practice it everywhere, all you need is a mat and perseverance! Learn more from blogger Jess Walter and find out why you must give it a try! Remember to grab your favorite Polar Bottle, you need to be hydrated!

Why Does Everybody Love Pilates?

Pilates studios are springing up across the nation, which may lead you to wonder what’s so special about this relatively modern form of exercise. Pilates wields a wealth of different benefits, so there are many reasons why someone might give it a go. Research indicates that around 95% of people practice Pilates because of the health benefits it affords; 87% do so because it improves muscle tone, 84% because it increases flexibility, and 80% because it requires mental focus.

In this post we invite you to grab your favorite Polar Bottle, head for the Pilates studio, and start leading a healthier, happier life almost from the word go.

What is the Core in Pilates?

You may have heard that the Pilates method centers on strengthening the ‘core’. Far from involving only the abdominal muscles, the core also comprises the back muscles and the buttocks. When all these muscles are in optimal working order, strength and balance are optimal and the body has the foundation it needs to build further strength.

What are the Benefits of Pilates?

A review of studies published between 2005 and 2016 found that the Pilates method is highly beneficial for rehabilitating various conditions, including lower back pain and chronic neck pain. Numerous individual studies have shown the benefits of this method. A 2016 trial, for instance, showed Pilates significantly reduced pain and disability in post-menopausal women with chronic lower back pain. Another 2016 study showed that the method improved poster and reduced pain in people with non-specific lower back pain. Still others have shown that it improves functional movement, flexibility, muscle strength, balance, gait, and quality of life (including in older adults), making Pilates a chosen activity for people of all ages).

Can Pilates be Performed without Machines?

If you’ve ever been to a Pilates studio, then you know that one or more reformer machines usually take center stage. These machines promote length, strength, flexibility, and balance and are a great way for your body to maintain the right posture while exercising the core. Actually, there are many Pilates exercises you can perform without them. All you need is a mat, and you can exercise at work or at home. One popular exercise is called Knees Off. It involves getting on all fours with your toes tucked under and your shoulder blades wide across. Use your toes to propel your knees off the floor and come back down, repeating various times.   

How Many Calories Can You Burn in Pilates?

Beginners can burn around 250 calories in a one-hour class, while advanced practitioners can burn around 450 calories. If weight loss is your main aim and time is of the essence, then more intense aerobic exercises such as spinning or running may be more beneficial. However, if you do have the time, Pilates can form a great complement to other activities and sports; the improved balance, coordination, and strength can actually hone your general sporting ability and reduce the chance of injury.

We have answered just a few questions about Pilates but the best way to answer any doubts is to try a class out for yourself. Pilates is ideal for those after a mindful workout in which control of movement is a big priority. Pilates is a lifelong commitment that can help soothe pain, decrease the chances of falls, and help older adults enjoy a better quality of life.