Well Being | Why you should try Pilates

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What are the benefits of doing pilates? One look at regular practitioners like Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz and you can see the real fruits of the exercise.

Yoga is something everyone can get on board with; the thought of gentle stretching and relaxation is enough to get anyone into a downward dog.

Pilates, on the other hand, can be a harder sell. Why? Perhaps it is the fear of the unknown or idea of overstretching muscles that you do not even know you had. The benefits of regularly practicing pilates, however, should outweigh any fears of pilates.

Unlike other workouts, pilates really hits your core. Research has shown that after 36 consecutive weeks of pilates training, women strengthened their stomach muscles by an average of 21 per cent.

A stronger core achieved by pilates can help with lower back pain. Pilates stabilises the lower back region, thus alleviating stress on that area and increases mobility.

For those worried about their joints and muscles, pilates is a good exercise as its controlled movements puts minimal impact on joints.

As you have to focus on your breath, body and how they move together in unison, you have no time to think of anything else. As such, this is a great way to ‘zone out’ and destress from life’s troubles for a short period of time.

There is a reason why so many sports people incorporate pilates into their exercise regime. With a stronger core, your overall workout set improves and you can run faster. It is also known to make you more flexible, thus helping to prevent the risk of injury.