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Beginner's Guide To Pilates Training

Aug 30, 2008
Theres no need to be concerned about learning Pilates for beginners. Pilates is known for creating trim figures. But the truth is that Pilates classes are full of all shapes and sizes. If you want to lose weight, Pilates is supportive of weight loss. But there are lots of other reasons to do Pilates. Achieving a toned appearance and general fitness are the top reasons that people do Pilates. Other reasons include increased strength and flexibility, as well as therapeutic effects. People start Pilates for a variety of reasons and its this variety that makes classes interesting and sociable but also Pilates on your own is truly rewarding.

Many people feel intimidated starting a Pilates, and some specifics about its movements set it apart from other fitness systems. The good news is that when you go to a Pilates class, no beginner is expected to know what to do. Fear not, people will ensure you understand what to do before youre let lose.

Now if like me you have a back pain, you should use a certified instructor. People with back and neck pain are more vulnerable to injury and some precautions should be taken. If you have an injury, you need to work with a certified instructor who can help you modify exercises and make sure that you are doing the exercises correctly. When done properly, Pilates exercises develop core strength, which is key to relieving muscle strain in the back and neck.

Pilates is about a fundamental set of movement principles that can work for any body that is still in motion. You really can't be too old to do Pilates and reap benefits from its practice. The adaptability of Pilates exercise makes Pilates classes accessible to people of all ages and levels of fitness. Pilates classes are attracting a lot of seniors and classes just for seniors are a growing Pilates trend.

Pilates Is Also Good For The Body & Mind

Not only is Pilates good for the body but it is also beneficial for the mind and soul. By putting the focus on breathing and concentrating on muscle groups you are able to reduce stress. Many people with chronic illness have high levels of stress and get very little exercise. Pilates can help you with both.

Pilates exercise not only unites body and mind but it gives you discipline. This in turn will protect your health and well being. Stress brings many chemical changes to your body. It increases the blood flow to the larger muscles and slows digestion as it prepares the body for the fight or flight syndrome. Blood vessels restrict and sugar goes up. Many hormones are switched into off position. This is good if there is a danger, your adrenalin rushes to fight it off or get away as fast as you can. Today most stress does not come from a life threatening danger, but the activities of modern society. These activities may put you in fight or flight mode, but there is nowhere to run from the stress of everyday life.

Stress is responsible for many diseases. Estimates of seventy-five to ninety percent of all visits are stress related. Being well is not the opposite of illness. It is more than just the lack of sickness; it is an overall well-being that affects both the mental and the physical aspects of life. Many adverse habits develop because of stress and lack of wellness.

Doing Pilates can actually help break the cycle of worry and anxiety. Much like any mental exercise that allows the individual more control of thought patterns, Pilates offers a way to change your focus and relieve the stress.

The exercise from Pilates releases the body from the flight or fight mode by mimicking the activity of both. Exercise is a proven method of stress control, when combined with the activity of mental control and focus on breathing, the quick return of stress is unlikely and the cycle is broken for that period.

Studies link a reduction of disease with exercise. A study at the University of Calgary and the University of Ottowa showed a decrease in blood sugar when type two diabetics exercised. The decrease translated into a reduction of heart attack and diabetic kidney and eye disease. Other studies show a reduction of 40 percent in mortality rate for diabetics. Lack of activity is one of the biggest risk factors in heart disease. Overweight is another. Pilates reduces both risks and is a heart healthy activity. Stress is also linked to tumor growth in cancer victims. While there is no study that shows psychological stress creates cancer, there are many that shows it impairs the immune system and creates an environment conducive to cancer.

It may seem simple. Take a Pilates course, work out three times a week, live longer and be happier. The activity is good for the body, the training is good for the soul and the results on appearance are fantastic for the spirit. Set aside time to exercise and regain hours in healthy stress-free living. You'll find that the days stresses melt away and you feel better than you ever felt before, after just a few months of training.
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