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We’ve all long been searching for it, and finally we’ve found ourselves a cure! Pilates is the answer to wellness and beauty. It transforms the mind, body and spirit, making you feel renewed and takes your inner and external beauty to new heights. No longer is beauty all about makeup, you will find an inner glow that transcends all your expectations – and it will turn heads!
Yes, unfortunately its true. We don’t always feel like putting our headphones in and sweating out our toxins at the gym. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, only half of Australian’s, aged 18-64, are sufficiently active for health benefits, and like, come on, seriously? We could do better than that. In today’s society we live such fast paced lives that when we get a few minutes to ourselves, the last thing we really want to do is physical activity. The couch calls to us and we go willingly towards it.
Well say hello to Pilates. This form of exercise actually relaxes the mind and body. You’ll leave the studio wondering if you just did a full body work out or whether you took a nap. You won’t feel strained or even work up a sweat. In fact, instead of being hit with a wave of exhaustion like you might after a gym session or intensive sport, you’ll find that your energy levels increase.
Pilates is adaptable by any fitness level and is suitable for any individual with special needs. So really, there is nothing stopping you from giving it a go. It might even become your newest obsession like it has for so many others. Seriously, Pilates is trending.
Yes, Pilates lengthens and stretches all the major muscle groups in the body. It improves your flexibility and balance, and targets your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and glutes, increasing your level of strength and creating tone. Enjoy discovering the new outlines on your stomach from this exercise and the way your booty will begin to look a little bit rounder. You’ll find yourself glancing in the mirror as you discover your new found confidence.
Oh, but you’ve got back pain, a spinal injury, that hip is playing up again? You don’t think you could do it? Well think again. If you have dealt with an injury that has kept you away from exercise, here is your solution. Pilates is a full body workout that actually improves muscular and postural strength, which works as a therapeutic tool to rehabilitate and heal the body of injuries that you may be suffering from. It’s also easy on your joints and wont aggravate them if you suffer from any issues with arthritis. Kiss your weekly osteopath and physiotherapy appointments goodbye ladies, you won’t be needing them any longer. Pilates, your new weekly go to, will have your body feeling younger and more flexible than ever.
Mind & Spirit
Our fast paced lives don’t just exhaust our body, they exhaust our mind too. We’ve constantly got a million things rushing through our minds as we try to keep up with the long list of things we need to do. So how does Pilates make our mind healthier and improve our spirit? Well, Pilates requires complete focus and concentration to achieve the precise ranges of motion. The amount of focus it requires actually allows your mind to let go of any concerns that might be going through your head. It’s medicinal in the way that it can help to alleviate stress and anxiety, boost your brain power, and leave you feeling at peace. Combine this with three minutes of meditation before bed and you wont even be needing your therapist anymore. With the time cut that you’d normally spend during the week at all these other places you’ll find you have more free time for Pilates.
So what is Pilates Exactly?
If you’re asking yourself what exactly Pilates is, imagine something similar to yoga. Though while the positions may be similar, the thing that separates the two is that yoga revolves around static postures, while Pilates is based on constant movement that challenges your limbs. Somehow it’s still just as relaxing though.
There are two types of Pilates, mat-based and reformer-based. Mat-based is an easier form that relies on using the gravity of your own body’s weight to provide resistance through movements performed on the floor. While reformer-based relies on the springs of a machine to create resistance against your body.
Both versions of it work wonders. It’s probably best to give them both a try and see which one is preferred by you. More likely than not, you’ll love both and find yourself wanting to practice at least twice a week to fit both styles in.
By Maddison Mathot.