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Pilates – Is it right for me?

October 27, 2019

What is Pilates?
Pilates is a method of movement and exercise that aims to improve strength,
flexibility, muscular control, posture and body awareness. Joseph Pilates of
Germany developed the method of movement in the early 1900s, with his
original moves still recognized today. Pilates is a great form of exercise as it is
low impact however can be quite challenging when correcting movement
dysfunctions.

Posture is very important in our day-to-day lives, especially if you’re sitting at a
computer 8hrs a day 5 days a week. Poor posture can result in the rounding of
the shoulders, tight chest muscles, sore neck and sore back. Sitting for extended
periods of time is also associated with weaker core muscles. Poor posture can
cause unnecessary tightness, weakness and muscle dysfunction.

Pilates is a challenging form of exercise that focuses on improving posture and
muscle imbalances. Pilates aims to increase the strength of weaker muscles
whilst simultaneously stretching tight and overactive muscles. Pilates has been
adapted since Joseph Pilates developed this form of movement retraining. Pilates
aims to increase the strength of your deep core muscles as well as your outer
core and it underpins all movement exercises.

Who is Pilates suitable for?
Everyone!! That’s the best thing about it, it helps prevent injuries, treat injuries
and helps to restore movement dysfunctions. It’s a great form of rehabilitation
not only for athletes but also for antenatal and postnatal women as it teaches
body awareness whilst restoring normal function.
Pilates is best utilized when including this in your regular exercise routine where
by you include aerobic and resistance training to meet the Australian Physical
Activity Guidelines.

How can you get started?
Give us a call to discuss with an Accredited Exercise Physiologist how Pilates
might help you in your recovery or fitness journey.

 

Written by
Holly Goldingay
Accredited Exercise Physiologist


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