10 Reasons to do Pilates……
1. BOOST BONE DENSITY
Developed in the 20th Century by Pilates, the strength-building programme was initially invented to help people recover from injury. But it’s not just muscles that benefit – Turkish scientists recently found that it boosts bone density too. This is important for woman who have been through the menopause and are at risk of the bone-thinning condition osteoporosis.
2 KEEP YOU STEADY ON YOUR FEET
As we age, good balance becomes key to protecting us against falls. Pilates is one of the best ways to bolster core strength, according to recent research in the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity it found 60 year-year-olds had better balance and stability if they attended Pilates classes regularly.
3. GIVES YOU ABS OF STEEL
Pilates is a surefire route to a ripped stomach, according to Korean researchers. They found practising Pilates breathing techniques (deep breaths that expand the ribcage) while doing sit-ups three times a week increased activation of muscles in the torso.
4. SOOTHES SORE BACKS
Studies show it’s one of the best ways to ease back pain. As core muscles get stronger, they take some of the strain off lower back, relieving chronic pain. A study of lower back pain sufferers found most got significant relief from frequent Pilates sessions.
5. BANISHING HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
High blood pressure is one of the world’s biggest killers. But Pilates can keep it under control by dilating arteries and boosting blood flow. It’s biggest attraction? Studies suggest that people are much less likely to abandon it than other forms of strenuous exercise.
6. …..AND KEEPS THE BRAIN HEALTHY
Scientists in Croatia recently discovered older woman with early signs of dementia had better memory function regularly practised Pilates. It is thought to be due to better blood flow-and oxygen- to the brain.
7. SIT UP STRAIGHT
Spending the day hunched over a computer can leave you in agony. Pilates corrects poor posture by improving strength and flexibility, reducing the urge to slump in front of the keyboard.
8. AND BREATH…..
You might not think breathing rhythms are important but healthy lung function relies on strong muscles in the trunk and abdomen. A study last year in the Journal Of Bodywork And Movement Therapies found Pilates improves the strength of muscles controlling breathing.
9. IT’S A PERFECT PICK-ME-UP
Pilates isn’t just for the body – it benefits the mind too. A study last year showed elderly woman were less likely to get depressed if they took part in weekly Pilates sessions over a four month period.
10. ….AND BOLSTER YOUR LIBIDO
Pilates can even put the zing back into your love life. Research shows pre-menopausal woman have stronger libido and better sexual function if they regularly attend classes.
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