BENEFITS OF PILATES
Pilates benefits your core unlike any other workout. Pilates helps to strengthen the rectus abdominis (the muscle responsible for six-packs) while eliminating muscle imbalances between the right and left sides of the body.
A stronger core equals a better back. Pilates is very beneficial for people who suffer from lower back pain. By stabilizing the core's lumbar-pelvic (lower back) region, stress is alleviated in the lower back and it helps to increase mobility.
Pilates benefits your joints thanks to its slow and controlled movements, which creates a minimal impact workout.
Aside from its physiological effects, Pilates benefits your mental health by urging you to focus on 1) your breath, 2) your body, and 3) how they move together.
When you start focusing on your core, you realize that all of your muscles are connected through your core. With a stronger core, you can improve in all other areas of your life.
I always hear people saying, 'I've never been flexible, I can't do Pilates.' But that's why they should be doing it. When you're tight, you shorten your muscles and limit your body's range of motion. At best, that can hurt your exercise performance. At worst, it can cause injury.
Joseph Pilates called his workout method "the thinking man's exercise." Researchers believe Pilates may even hold potential as a treatment option for people with brain-degenerative diseases and cognitive dysfunctions.