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How Pilates Can Improve Your Fitness

Pilates was created in the early 1900’s by Joseph Pilates to aid dancers and athletes in the recovery from physical injuries. Pilates isn’t an aerobic exercise but is instead aimed at strengthening the body and muscles. There are many benefits of this exercise such as improving posture and balance, whilst also focusing the mind. Pilates has enjoyed a renewed popularity in the last twenty years and is suitable for any age and fitness level as long as you receive professional tuition.

Finding an instructor who teaches all levels of experience from beginners to advanced levels is ideal so that you can be part of a group at a similar level. There are many classes being taught around the country and in Lancashire in particular, there are several weekly classes that teach the benefits of Pilates. For example, there are several groups taking part in Pilates classes in Preston, Blackburn and Chorley varying from ‘mens only’ classes to pre and post natal classes. The Pilates class you choose should be run by experienced instructors and will provide many benefits for your body and mind.

Pilates is a particularly safe form of exercise for pregnant women as the movements don’t involve high impact moves and consists of carefully controlled movements. This is easier on the muscles and joints which are particularly vulnerable to injury whilst pregnant. Fully qualified Pilates instructors can help you to understand the changes your body will go through in the nine months of your pregnancy, helping you to feel good about yourself at this time and keep your body healthy.

Sports people and athletes benefit greatly from Pilates as it can help to prevent injury and improves balance and co-ordination, which is beneficial for us all, as well as sports people. The improved strength and flexibility to be gained makes Pilates an attractive pastime.

Most people know the importance of keeping fit but find all sorts of different excuses not to join a fitness class. By joining Pilates classes you will be improving your physical stamina and fitness levels without putting unnecessary strain on your joints and muscles, meaning anyone of any age can take part in Pilates. You may even want to encourage a friend or loved one to make the first move to attend a Pilates lesson. By going along with them to a class you will be helping them to take the first step on the road to a better sense of well being and posture.

There are many benefits of Pilates which anyone can benefit from, whether you are male or female, young or old with any activity level. Pilates teaches the importance of controlling your breathing to focus your mind and tighten your stomach muscles. The exercises performed in a Pilates class are done slowly with a fluid movement to avoid any injury which is a benefit for all age groups. Pilates can be enjoyed by everyone and joining a Pilates class will offer lifelong benefits for your health and fitness.

About Author
Charlotte Hopkinson is the founder of Live-Pilates. She is a Level 3 Advanced Pilates instructor with 10 years experience as a qualified Fitness Instructor.

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