“Can I lose weight with Pilates?” This is one of the most popular questions about Pilates. Good news is, the answer is yes. Reformer Pilates supports weight loss. If used in conjunction with a sensible diet and some cardio work, it is entirely possible to burn fat and lose weight.
Pilates is based on a system that involves breathing and movement for the development of both body and mind. This exercise is a form of resistance training that helps you build long lean muscles. It works in improving your muscle tone to enhance your overall strength and endurance. The more lean muscles there are in your body, the more it increases your calorie-burning potential.
Incorporating Pilates with cardio exercises and proper diet can turn your body into a fat burning machine. Performing Pilates goes through a series of movements that are dynamic, systemic, and anatomically-based while using a Reformer.
Known for building lean and fit bodies, it burns calories, sculpts and tones your body, giving you a longer, leaner physique. In addition, Pilates is a low impact form of exercise, which minimises the risk of damaging your joints.
Pilates also promotes deep and efficient respiration, crucial for burning calories and regenerate tissues. Engaging yourself in Pilates can improve your self-esteem and enlightens your lifestyle consciousness, both of which are associated with weight loss.
According to a study in 2006 Preventive Medicine, thirty 11-year-old girls were recruited and they enjoyed Pilates during the 4-week study. Results show that Pilates lowered their body mass index percentile, which holds a promise as a means of reducing obesity.
Another study from 2014 Clinical Interventions in Aging showed that a mixed program of aerobics and Pilates among elderly women controls and improves baseline muscle mass and decreases fat mass, without causing deterioration during practice and follow-up exercises.
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