7 reasons why Pilates will make your life better
Pilates is our new go-to exercise for a clear mind and a healthy body. But how can it help you? Read on...
When you’ve had a hard day at work and the gym seems like a chore, there’s one activity which will make you feel relaxed, elated and in seriously fit shape. And it’s not what you think, you filthy lot. Pilates isn’t just a celebrity fad. It really works. And here’s why…
1. Say goodbye to stress
Pilates, and Dynamic Reformer Pilates (that’s the one with the machines as opposed to a mat), has grown in popularity in the UK for a number of reasons. Luke Meessmann at TenPilates says: ‘You feel – and see – results quickly, which provides great motivation to keep coming. The classes are intense – it’s a full body workout. Not only can you feel the exercises working, but you feel great afterwards – an endorphin buzz!
‘It’s also time-efficient – you can be in, worked out and out again in just over an hour. And last, but not least, it’s a great stress-buster. Whether first thing in the morning or after a long day at work, Pilates provides a great escape in a fun, small group environment.’
2. Arms like an A-lister
Celebrities consistently credit Pilates as the reason for their toned muscles. Given that the stars often have to plan their days down to the last minute – what with all their photoshoots, interviews, meetings, Pilates fits easily into their day. And not only is it a hugely efficient full-body workout, it has many additional benefits, too.
Luke tells us: ‘It builds longer, leaner muscles – those red-carpet arms? Yup, Pilates. It improves core strength, flexibility and balance, and corrects posture – making you stand taller and look slimmer!’
We’re all for that.
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