When it comes to exercise, there are a lot of options to choose from. But if you’re looking for a workout that has long-term benefits for your body and mind, Pilates is the way to go.
Club Pilates studios and our instructors are dedicated to helping our members learn and master the principles of Pilates so they can enjoy a healthier and more mindful life. We believe that Pilates is perfect for anyone, of any size, shape, age or gender – and that there is no “right time” to start Pilates. You can start at any time, with any level of fitness or experience!
The key to a successful Pilates journey is consistency, and the more you practice Pilates, the greater the benefits. Here are five long-term benefits that practising Pilates offers you.
1) Improve Your Mobility and Balance
Pilates helps to improve your range of motion and flexibility, which can help you move more easily in everyday life. As we age, it’s common to lose some mobility and balance. But practising Pilates can help offset these age-related changes by building strength and improving coordination.
Practising Pilates can also help those with poor hand-eye coordination or those of us less graceful on our feet. Working on your core strength and implementing slow, precise movement will help you move more confidently and with greater control.
Pilates also teaches you how to move in a way that protects your joints. Improper joint alignment is one of the leading causes of pain, so learning how to move correctly can help reduce your risk of injuries in the long-term.
2) Develop a Stronger Core
A strong core is essential for good posture, balance, and stability – and Pilates is an excellent way to build core strength. Having a strong core helps protect your back and spine from injury, and can also improve your breathing.
But that’s not all! Your core is an important part of your body and is one you use more than you may realise. A strong core can help you in everyday activities such as carrying groceries, playing with your kids or grandkids, and even just getting out of bed in the morning.
Pilates focuses on building a strong “powerhouse” – the area from your hips to your shoulders. By targeting all the muscles in this area, you’ll develop a well-rounded core that will benefit your body in many ways.
3) Improve Your Posture
One of the most common long-term effects of poor posture is back pain. But practising Pilates can help improve your posture by lengthening and toning your muscles, which can lead to better alignment.
When your muscles are properly aligned, there is less strain on your joints and ligaments. This can help reduce stiffness and pain and also improve your overall mobility. In addition, good posture can help you breathe more easily and reduces stress on your organs.
Pilates helps to retrain your body to stand, sit, and move in proper alignment. Many people today don’t realise how poor their posture may be, nor how bad posture can lead to an array of health problems. Driving to work and back, sitting behind a computer, using your mobile during the day – these are daily activities that many of us do without remembering to ensure our posture doesn’t suffer for it.
But by practising Pilates, we can help our bodies find their proper alignment so we can avoid the long-term effects of poor posture.
4) Ease Stress and Tension
In today’s fast-paced world, it’s more important than ever to find ways to relax and de-stress. For many of us, exercise is a great way to let off some steam. And while any type of exercise can help relieve stress, Pilates is especially effective.
Pilates focuses on controlled movement and breathwork, which can help to calm the mind and ease anxiety. The combination of physical and mental exercises makes Pilates an extremely effective way to reduce stress and tension. In addition, the deep stretching and muscle lengthening that Pilates offers can help to release physical tension that may be contributing to your stress levels.
Pilates is a great way to relax both your mind and body. If you’re looking for a long-term solution to managing stress, Pilates is definitely worth considering!
Boost Your Mood and Energy Levels
Regular exercise has long been known to improve mood and energy levels. And because Pilates is a low-impact form of exercise, it’s perfect for those days when you’re feeling run down or just need a gentle workout.
Pilates helps to increase blood flow and oxygenation to the brain, which can help to improve cognitive function and boost mood.
In addition, the deep stretching and muscle lengthening of Pilates can help to release endorphins – the “feel-good” hormones that are known to improve mood and energy levels.
If you’re looking for a workout that will leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated, Pilates is a great option. The long-term benefits of regular Pilates practice can help to improve your mood and energy levels, both in the short and long term.
Bonus Benefit - Pilates is Great for Socialising!
Pilates is not only great for your physical and mental health, offering a variety of long-term benefits you can enjoy daily – it’s also a great way to meet new people and socialise. Club Pilates’ studios offer group classes, which provide the perfect opportunity to meet like-minded people and make new friends.
Club Pilates has studios around Australia that welcome new members from all walks of life to try the exercise method that revolutionised the fitness world. Our introductory classes will help you learn the basics and get started on your Pilates journey. And our knowledgeable instructors will be there to guide and support you every step of the way.
So, what are you waiting for? Come and join the Club Pilates community today!