Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, after whom it was named.
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a low-impact form of exercise that combines deep breathing with gentle stretching to boost strength, balance, and mobility. Workouts target your "powerhouse" (your abs, lower back, pelvic floor, hips, and glutes), but you’ll hit other areas too.
What are the health benefits of Pilates?
The health benefits of Pilates include:
Increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks
Balanced muscular strength on both sides of your body
Enhanced muscular control of your back and limbs
Improved stabilisation of your spine
Rehabilitation or prevention of injuries related to muscle imbalances
Improved physical coordination and balance
Relaxation of your shoulders, neck and upper back
Safe rehabilitation of joint and spinal injuries
Prevention of musculoskeletal injuries
Increased lung capacity and circulation through deep breathing
Increased body awareness
Stress management and relaxation