Saturday, October 11, 2008

The basics of Pilates Exercise

If you’re highly informed or even if you’re one of those people that just stay home, no doubt you’ve
heard of the Pilates Exercise. Pilates Exercises sometimes used an acronym for Proximal Integrating
Latent Agile Toning Exercise; it aims to stretch and to strengthen your body that is why most
contortionists and ballet dancers get into it. But just because people are taking it for physical
improvement, and weight loss, it doesn’t mean that a Pilates exercise is a cardiovascular exercise.
Pilates is basically a low intensity exercise, but you could still exert a bit, but not like how much you
exert during an aerobics class. Most instructors recommend Pilates with aerobics and other forms of
exercise for best effects.

The Pilates Exercise was invented by Joseph Pilates, a German National, as a self exercise. Pilates was
born a fragile child, sickly and asthmatic, so he took to exercise to improve his body. When he was a
bit older, he was living in France, and was arrested as an “enemy alien.’ During his internment, he was
assigned in the medical facilities of the prison and this is where he put Pilates into use, as rehabilitation
exercises for the sick. He attached springs to Hospital beds for Later he moved to the United States
and opened his own Studio.

Since then the Pilates exercises has gained its reputation for helping improve the overall physical state
of the body. Pilates exercise is a series of breathing techniques combined with stretching and a simple
machine. Pilates exercises improve the body’s core, which includes the muscles in the abdomen, back,
and buttocks. Some say it is better than yoga overall because it strengthens the body through
improving posture strength and flexibility through stretching. The machines used in Pilates, are there to
challenge the body, by making it stay in certain positions while moving the other parts in differing
directions, thereby training the body to endure strain, thus increasing strength.

The basic Ideology of the Pilates Exercise is the use of the body’s mental ability to improve movement,
efficiency and muscle control, which is also why they say that Pilate exercise somehow improves one’s
mental state. Pilates also makes you aware of proper posture, due to the exercises that you do, it also
develops the muscles in the back and abdomen, further contributing to your good posture. Pilate
exercise also uses breathing techniques, which further increases mental focus. And probably one of the
greatest focuses of Pilates is flexibility strength of the muscles. It is this ideology that made Pilates
popular among dancers when it first started out.

Many Pilates enthusiasts and users have testified to the effectiveness of Pilates. With regular classes,
the bodies become well balanced and stronger. Some say that after each workout, you can instantly feel
the difference it has made to the parts of the body, mainly the legs back and abs. Aside from increased
strength, there is also the topic of weight loss, this is what most people aim for when they do Pilates
exercises, and this is achieved indeed when you do Pilates. Aside from the ones above other results of
Pilates include increased energy levels, higher endurance, better flexibility, great abdominal workouts,
and overall physical well being. Aside from those stated above, Pilates exercises are also used for the
rehabilitation of physical injuries, because of its low intensity level and focused form of exercise, some
doctors say that it is best for the treatment of injuries on the limbs.

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