1. Improve Posture
Daily activities can take a toll on your posture. Pilates helps to significantly improve the awareness of the whole body, by reminding you to constantly pull your stomach in and pull your shoulders down for good posture and spinal alignment. Your body awareness will continue even beyond the class session due to the level of attention and focus you need to keep during class, therefore the bad habits regarding your posture will slowly disappear with every session.
2. Improves Flexibility
Joseph Pilates, the inventor of this fitness system said, ‘true flexibility can be achieved only when all muscles are uniformly developed.’ Compared to yoga, with Pilates the muscles are warm as you stretch due to the movement focus, rather than the static, unmoving stretches yoga utilizes. Another benefit of improved flexibility and constant movement is a better blood circulation as the body isn’t stuck in one position for too long.
3. Reduces Stress
As Pilates is focused on breathing, it can be considered a form of meditation, therefore it can help you relax and de-stress. When you are working out and completely focused on your movements, your body will release endorphins that will make you feel good. Furthermore, a study by Pierre Phillipot showed that different emotional states are associated with distinct breathing patterns. The study showed that you can basically breathe yourself into calmness or anxiety, and Pilates can help with achieving calmness.
4. Great workout for the entire body
Conventional workouts tend to train only some parts of your body, which can lead to muscular imbalance which is a primary cause of chronic back pain and injury. Pilates trains the whole body, and so your entire musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned. This is the reason why many athletes use Pilates religiously to train.