When I first discovered Pilates, I had no idea what to expect; I did not even pronounce the word right. Personally, I joined Pilates classes to get the best body image I could: I’ve heard a lot about how Pilates sculptures all your body, shapes your abs and legs, helps you to maintain correct posture all day long. Pilates is the real deal and can change your body and your life. Pilates can be done on the broadest range of fitness enthusiasts, including people with injuries. That can be life-changing for the elderly, Parkinsons patients, amputees, anyone recovering from brain trauma or serious injuries, athletes, along with a vast array of other situations and needs.
Pilates And Progression
The words “core” and “lengthen” kept popping up when I researched about Pilates. After roughly a 30-minute sweat fest, I felt humbled and intrigued; humbled because I quickly discovered how weak and uncoordinated my body was and intrigued because the woman starring in the video already knew that about me and offered insight.
But I didn’t give up. After years of pushing my limits with both patience and tenacity, I’ve discovered a few pillars of practice along the way. Pilates is life-changing and teaches you perseverance, crucial for goal achievement.
· Pilates Defies Gravity
As it turns out, the word “lengthen” is appropriate for those concerned about aging gracefully. Gravity is powerful. Pilates teaches the body to fight gravity using muscular control and uses it as a force to strengthen muscles instead of succumbing to it. You learn to lengthen your spine and fight the effects of gravity, ultimately feeling taller and in more control.
· Pilates Keeps You Plugged In
The amount of brainpower required for a useful Pilates session could rival that of a super genius after 3 cups of espresso. There are so many cues and precision techniques to remember that your brain needs to start building neural networks to keep up. And as the practice continues, these mental processes evolve and graduate – meaning, the earlier cues you learned will soon become inherent in the training, and new networks start to form.
· Pilates Backs You Up
Disc herniation, bulging discs, disc degeneration, spondylosis – all of these mess with the structure of the spine. And anyone who’s ever had their back fail on them knows that the simple act of walking becomes quite challenging. Our back is designed for movement and thrives well when adequately taken care of.
With all of this extra blood flow, efficient movement, and brain stimulation, you’ll find that you’ll start to be stronger, you’ll stand straighter, and you’ll be more connected to your body. Initially if you cannot get the posture right, there are belts to help you. Chronic ailments might begin to fade away, and you’ll find some hidden energy.
You might even start to notice some courage to try things you thought were once out of your reach because you know that your body will feel great and be secure doing it. It’s like you can rely on your body to be always ready for whatever you want to do. So you can leap knowing that your body will gladly keep up. There’s a saying which goes, ‘If Pilates is easy, you’re doing it wrong.’ It takes precision, control, and dedication. It’s hard work. But your body is your only real asset, and you’ll be rewarding yourself within the hour a day you commit to improving it.