Tone Up With Pilates

Pilates (pronounced pil-ah-teez) is one of those exercise regimens that we now hear about almost on a daily basis. Even though gym and workout enthusiasts are well acquainted with Pilates, there is still a lot of misconceptions about pilates.

Although Pilates is considered by many to be a new type of exercise, it was actually invented by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s. Because he was of German descent, he was placed in an internment camp at the beginning of World War 1. While he was in the camp, he started working on detainees that suffered from injuries and diseases. He had to be innovative and use whatever accessories he could find, like bed springs and beer kegs.  He used these pieces of equipment to create resistance for some of his exercises, this was how the reformer started that is now widely used in machine pilates sessions

Since then, Pilates has come a long way, as it has been improved upon and perfected into the extremely popular exercise that is now practised throughout the world. If you are investigating a new form of physical activity that is suitable for anyone and fun to do, Pilates could be the exercise that suits your lifestyle. Further advice can be obtained from a physiotherapist in Brisbane.

Pilates is one of those 'feel good' exercises that help to promote a healthy body. Furthermore, the movements assist in boosting the immune system. While it strengthens you and works on your flexibility, it can also be used as cardiovascular exercises. This is especially beneficial for those who lead sedentary lives, such as office workers who sit most of the day in front of a computer screen. All of this can be achieved in a 45-60 minute session.

Although sometimes identified as being similar to Yoga, it concentrates more on strengthening certain parts of the body as well as using functional movements. For instance, in some movements the torso is kept in place whilst moving the limbs in various directions. These movements help to promote flexibility and balance. Furthermore, the instructor or physiotherapist will teach you how to focus on your core muscles, which comprise of the muscles of the pelvis, hips and stomach, amongst others.

A false impression regarding Pilates is that you have to be fit and in great shape in order to get any pleasure from the exercises. This is not true. The routine can be enjoyed by anyone who is in reasonably good health, as long as you are lead by a qualified pilates instructor or pilates qualified physiotherapist. A good pilates instructor will tailor make your programme to fit in with your strengths and weaknesses with your goals in mind.However, like most exercises, it does take a little time for the muscles to adjust. During this period, you might find that you feel slightly uncomfortable, but this doesn't last very long, as long as it is only slight muscle discomfort.

The most important point to remember is that any form of exercise that you enjoy and that gets your limbs moving will produce amazing benefits for both mind and body.

 

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