I have tried many different workouts before like cardio, yoga, weight training, and even tried to do several sports but they didn’t seem to work for me. Yes, they did help me achieve my weight goal and kept me fit but nothing gives me complete satisfaction as Pilates does.
I’ve always felt more tired and less energetic after a workout. However, with Pilates, it made me feel better than ever. If you haven’t tried it yet, here are four reasons why you should do it now.
But First, What is Pilates?
Many would probably think that it’s just another workout fad that will soon fade after several years. Well, I was surprised to find out that it has been around way longer than my existence. Pilates is a full-body and low-impact exercise that targets the core and helps strengthen the muscles.
Since the core body is our main foundation, it helps improve not only our posture but our mobility and flexibility too.
At first, I thought that it will only tone my abs but my instructor told me that it will work out my whole body including my thighs, back, and hips. True enough, after several sessions, there was a big improvement in my body.
Why Try it Now?
1. Pilates Is For Everyone
No one is too old nor too young to do Pilates. Beginners, seasoned athletes, or even someone like me who’s somehow in between can do it. Those with injuries will also find Pilates very helpful with their recoveries.
The good thing about this exercise regimen is that it is adaptable and can be modified depending on your level and needs. A lot of people with injuries have recovered faster without the pain from Pilates.
2. A Mind and Body Workout
Another reason to love this discipline is because it keeps me calm and relaxed after a session. During Pilates sessions in Fitzroy North, it clears my mind and just lets me concentrate on my mind and body. It keeps me focused on my goal and helps me forget about the daily stresses in my life.
This is probably why I feel lighter and happier after my session. It almost has the same effect as meditation and yoga, but even better.
3. It Is Everywhere
Pilates aficionados are everywhere that I even see them live close to me. Actually, fitness centers offering Pilates sessions can easily be sought because they are scattered all around, whether you are in the city centre or suburb area.
It seems like Pilates has become a fad to the locals inclined to fitness especially since this kind of workout provides a number of health benefits. Finding a local Pilates instructor has become easier as well.
4. Proportioned and Well-toned Body
My only goal is to have a toned and strong body without the bulk and this is exactly what Pilates did to me. Unlike with other workouts that had me developed bulky muscles, with Pilates I was able to achieve long and lean muscles that are well proportioned to my physique.
There is nothing wrong with developing bulky muscles though, but it’s just not fit for my body type. I used to have that kind of body but realized that it’s not what I wanted to achieve.
Pilates had truly changed my life for the better. Not only with my physical body but also with my mind. I noticed that my anxiety attacks were lessened after months of training.
It also made me felt lighter, calmer, and happier. Plus, it did not require me to workout every day and was still able to achieve my fitness goal.
Aside from that, even if I do not have much time to hit the gym, it can be done at home and without the need to use large exercise equipment. An instructional video and a simple mat will do to perform Pilates at home.