When looking for a new workout to try, it can be hard to find something you like that also has a lot of benefits. Not to mention, adjusting exercises to your fitness level can also be challenging. Finally, working from home can be a daunting task in itself. What can you do at home without any equipment other than a yoga mat? Pilates! If you’re someone who hasn’t tried Pilates and is wondering if they should, let’s discuss why Pilates is so great for everyone.
Improve your memory
In our early 20s, most of us begin to lose about 1% of the volume of our hippocampus – a part of the brain responsible for memory and cognitive function. Quite literally, our brain shrinks. However, our brain is also capable of creating new cells. Doing so means better memory, a lower risk of Alzheimer’s, better problem solving, and even a higher IQ. Several studies have shown that exercise improves neurogenesis – creating new brain cells – and helps protect existing cells. In fact, one study found that people have even better brain function after careful exercises like yoga or Pilates.
Relieve Stress and Tension
Pilates largely avoids high impact, high power output, and heavy muscular and skeletal loading. The necessary muscle work combined with stretching integrated into the workout will help you release tension in any part of the body while strengthening it and relaxing it at once.
It develops the strength of the heart
The core muscles of the body are those muscles deep in the abdomen, spine and pelvic floor. We all rely on these muscles to support strong spine, good posture and efficient movement patterns. When the heart is strong, the body frame is more supported. Your neck and shoulders can relax, and the rest of your muscles and joints are free to do their work. A little bonus of a strong heart is a flatter stomach.
When you do Pilates, you tend to work towards a certain increase in the length and lengthening of the muscles, as well as the range of motion in the joints. You don’t need to dig too deep into the exercises which means you won’t be too overwhelmed for beginners.
Sounds like a paradox, but the more you exercise, the more energy you have. And the more energized you are, the more you want to exercise. Pilates largely avoids high impact, high power output, and heavy muscular and skeletal loading. Pilates largely avoids high impact, high power output, and heavy muscular and skeletal loading. Pilates is considered to be cardio! It might not pack the same punch as running, but it does include cardiovascular exercise. It’s a win-win situation.
Improve your posture
As we said, Pilates focuses a lot on the core muscles. This leads to an improved posture. Since your workout maintains a good alignment and balance as you move slowly through the movements, it makes sense that it will help you sit up and stay high even the rest of the time.