Pilates is similar to yoga but emphasizes your body’s core — the abdomen, obliques, lower back, inner and outer thigh, butt, and so on.
For this reason, Pilates develops much of what exercisers need — strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, coordination, balance, and good posture — with a much lower chance of injury than with other forms of exercise.
The discipline emphasizes correct form instead of going for the burn. With so many exercise variations and progressions, you may have a hard time getting bored with Pilates.
Benefits of Pilates
By emphasising proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and concentration on smooth, flowing movement, you become acutely in tune with your body. You actually learn how to control its movement.
In Pilates the quality of movement is valued over quantity of repetitions. Proper breathing is essential, and helps you execute movements with maximum power and efficiency. Last but not least, learning to breathe properly can reduce stress.
How can Pilates help older people?
Pilates is an excellent form of exercise to do as you get older. While being low impact, it can improve bone density and spinal health. It is also great for stability and mobility,
In turn, this can increase confidence while moving, resulting in a better quality of life. Pilates is often encouraged for older people since it is a gentle, non-strenuous form of exercise that aids with coordination. This can reduce their risk of falls and help them become more balanced.