Health Benefits of Pilates

Pilates is a low-impact exercise that is effective for developing core stability, building lean muscle, and improving posture and balance. Practicing Pilates can be beneficial for your health and help you maintain a healthy weight.

Pilates moves focus on your core and trunk; the moves may look simple, but they take a lot of precision and control. While most workouts focus on specific sections of the body, Pilates is a full-body system of over 500 exercises that engage almost every muscle system in a precise and effective way, training the body as an integrated whole. Pilates exercises use slow, controlled movements and are often performed in a reclined or sitting position and use apparatus springs and resistance bands. Because the exercises are low-impact, there is minimal impact on the joints, which makes Pilates the perfect workout for those with chronic pain or physical rehabilitation needs.

While there are many physical benefits of Pilates, research is suggesting that Pilates has a wide range of mental health benefits, including helping to reduce stress and anxiety. Deep breathing is an essential part of Pilates exercises. It helps oxygenate the muscles, increase circulation and lengthen the spine. It also helps the mind focus on the body. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), the scientifically proven benefits of mindfulness include stress reduction, boosts to working memory, reduced rumination, better focus, less emotional reactivity, and more cognitive flexibility.

“Evidence also suggests that mindfulness has numerous health benefits,” the APA says, including “increased immune functioning, improvement to well-being, and reduction in psychological distress.”

Others credit mindfulness with helping treat insomnia, reducing negative emotions, fostering creative thinking, lowering blood pressure, and improving cardiovascular health.

A body freed from nervous tension and over-fatigue is the ideal shelter for a well-balanced mind.
— Joseph Pilates

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