Aside from strengthening your core muscles, Pilates is often touted as an exercise system that makes a person taller. But does Pilates really make you taller? Technically, it will not give you an additional vertebra to add up to your height. However, Pilates can positively affect your height in a functional way.
Pilates has been helping people become fit and healthy since 1910. This low impact workout gives you stronger core, lean, flexible muscles, balance and mind-body connection. The pilates method of exercise is designed around creating uniform development in the body.
While other workouts bulk up your muscles, Pilates is an ideal strength-training program to make you look tall and lean. The exercises accentuate the length of your limbs and turns bulky muscles into longer and leaner ones.
Pilates is well-known for helping people look taller. It does so in a number of ways. If you are past puberty stage, there is no better way to increase your height than to have a good posture. When you stand tall and move with grace and ease, you give the impression of being taller.
Role of Good Posture
The exercises strengthen weak muscles, stretch and lengthen those that are tight, teaches the muscles to work together to create body balance and exercises proper breathing to connect the mind and the body. All of these things add up to better posture, which contributes to taller body appearance.
If your posture is corrected, you feel and look taller. Pilates works in anatomical neutral, which is a contributing factor of having good posture.
Pilates also aims to work in different dimensions – flexion, rotation and extension, which can create a tiny bit more space between the vertebrae. It works on the coordination of your muscles around your joints to improve mobility and stability, depending on the particular movement. Stronger deep muscles and coordination around your joints help in bringing alignment and create better conditions to reduce the risk of injury. More importantly, Pilates provides the core strength that supports good posture. It helps you carry proper alignment even during movements.
On Muscles and Joints
Restoring Lost Height with PilatesFor people who spend too much time sitting hunched in front of a computer, their back muscles become weak. Their shoulders and chest tighten and their neck loses mobility.
Pilates exercises corrects these faults by strengthening core muscles. The front of the body is opened and stretched, while the back muscles are strengthened. The crown of the head is extended upward to stretch and lengthen the back of the neck. Eventually, this will result to more erect posture and restoration of lost height.
With frequent Pilates practice, not only will you gain overall strength, your posture will improve and you will stand more erect, making you look taller and leaner. If you’re vertically challenged or just want to have a taller and lean-looking body, give Reformer Pilates a try.
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