What Are Pilates? Why Do I Need To Do Them?

Joseph Pilates said, “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness,” and he also developed Pilates (did his name give it away?) as he believed that mental health and physical health were closely related. He came up with Pilates, which is similar to Yoga, however Pilates focuses on your core muscles, such as: abdomen, lower back, thighs, bum and your oblique muscles.

It’s a great way of working on your body with less fear of getting injured. Doing Pilates is a calm, and somewhat more relaxed, why of working on important aspects of fitness. It benefits your posture, your coordination, flexibility, strength and balance. Pilates focuses on your movements and your positions, not working up a sweat.

Pilates uses a mixtures of movements and positions, on a mat or with equipment, to help you focus mentally, breathe correctly, and become physically healthy. Not only does it help your body become healthier and fitter, but can relax any stress or anxiety as it focuses on your mind. By working on your breathing, you will find yourself feeling like Pilates is doing a lot more for you than just helping you tone your core muscles.

It quickly became one of the most popular exercises in the UK and classes can be found in most gyms and private studios. One of the reasons behind its popularity is because it is doable for everyone and anyone. It might not be easy-peasy straight away, but as your learn more and more about the movements, it all becomes a lot easier to take part in.

You don’t have to be flexible, you don’t have to be amazingly fit and healthy, and you don’t have to have a basic knowledge of fitness to start doing Pilates. You just need to have the motivation to do so.

It’s a fantastic form of exercise to try and the benefits that come from it are even better. It’s refreshing, invigorating and like Joseph Pilates said, “As a heavy rainstorm freshens the water of a sluggish or stagnant stream and whips it into immediate action, so does the Pilates Methods purify the bloodstream.”

Don’t believe us? We spoke to Ana Beatriz, a Aflete user and a big fan of Pilates. She gave us her opinion.

Who is Ana Beatriz?

I’m a businesswoman. I graduated in business administration and work with fashion. I’m 26 and I love physical activities.

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How long have you been doing Pilates?

I have practiced Pilates for nearly a year.

It seems really hard – How hard is it for someone to start Pilates?

In truth it will always be difficult, if it is easy it is wrong. From beginner to more experienced in Pilates we deal with our limits. And the result is always satisfactory.

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What would be your advice to someone who wants to start over and go into learning how to balance your body etc.?

To begin as soon as possible. The results will be amazing!

Do you do other training to have the strength to do the movements?

Yes, Pilates is associated with weight training, running, aerobic work and others. I count on help with my physical preparer, Wadyr Arkhanjo, who does a very nice job with me.

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What is a good workout for someone who wants to add a little Pilates / Body balancing in your exercise routine?

Twice a week is a good start. Starting with the basics, some stretching to get more complex exercises.

What is your favourite pose?

I don’t have a favourite.  I love all that challenge me.

What do you think of our Aflete app. A place dedicated to people sharing their health and fitness journeys, without any advertising, products and negativity?

I think  it’s a wonderful idea, share experiences and valuable information that will help people create a healthy routine!

 


 

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