What is Reformer Pilates?
Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on using your mind and body to optimize performance. It makes you strong without looking bulky. Sequences of movements that use gravity, body weight and resistance equipment to condition and strengthen the deep stabilizing muscles in your body.
REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD PRACTICE REFORMER PILATES WEEKLY:
1 - BODY AWARENESS
Pilates gives you new awareness of your body. You may never have given a thought before about pulling your stomach in and keeping your shoulders down. As you practice Pilates, you will learn how to train your mind and build symmetry and coordination in the body. When you have body awareness, you have the ability to know where and how your body parts should be.
2 - STRONGER CORE
Your core is composed of abdominal, gluteal, leg and back muscles, which can strengthen by Pilates. You can only find very few exercises that can strengthen your core as much as Pilates. As your core strength increases, you build longer, leaner muscles, improve posture and develop better breathing and concentration techniques. If you do not have a strong core, your body cannot withstand the forces placed upon it.
3 - INCREASED BALANCE
Getting a strong center from doing Pilates increases your coordination and balance. Pilates strengthens your stabilizer muscles. Non-impact resistance exercise techniques work together with proper breathing techniques to restore the focus to natural alignment and balance. Lack of balance results to a decrease in performance and an increase in injury from compensations or falls.
4 - BETTER POSTUREPilates can help improve posture. Those who have back problems will find it relieving when exercising because it helps lengthen the spine, giving a strong foundation for you. Whether you are sitting or standing. A good posture entails distributing force of gravity through your body so none of your structure is overstressed.
5 - LONG AND LEAN MUSCLES
Different from other conventional weight-bearing workouts that build short, bulky muscles, Pilates exercises stretch the muscles and the joints while strengthening your body. If your body has a balanced strength and flexibility, it is less likely to be injured. Having long, lean muscles promotes natural body shape and long term fat loss.
6 - MORE FLEXIBILITY
Being flexible allows your muscles to remain mobile. Pilates is known for helping develop both strength and flexibility. It has exercises that stretch your muscles and joints while strengthening your body. It maintains physical integrity and alignment as you stretch your muscle or increase the range of motion of your joints.
According to his book, Return to Life Through Contrology, Joseph Pilates recommends that practicing Pilates at least 4 times per week will get the best results. So get moving and include Pilates into your weekly routine to get all these benefits!
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