Beautiful Body Pilates
Benefits Of Pilates
Pilates is the best, most body-friendly form of exercise. It doesn’t put any unnecessary stress on the muscles and joints and works to rebalance each and every muscle group in the body.
Additionally, it creates and increases strength and flexibility in the spine, which is essential in eliminating and preventing injuries.
Other significant benefits of doing Pilates include improved core strength and better posture.
Engage Your Core
For my fellow Pilates enthusiasts out there: I’m sure you already have a grasp on what the core is and the importance of keeping it engaged as we go about our daily routines. However, there is no better time than now to take in some old information in a new way and get back to the basics!
For simplicity’s sake, the core consists of the abdominal muscles and spine stabilizers. Of course, working all ab and back muscles equally is of high importance, but I’d like to suggest that putting a bit more focus on the lower abdominals is of even more importance. When it comes to overall strength, toning and stability work, the base of the rectus abdominis, the attachment points of the other abdominal muscles, and the pelvic floor are all superstars – essentially, the lower abdominals are the foundation of our ability to move. When it is strong and engaged, it gives us the look of a flat belly and helps stabilize the spine. This greatly improves mobility and range of motion while decreasing any present pain or stiffness in the lower back area.
For pregnant women or expecting mothers, lower core strength can help with childbirth recovery and throughout the labor process as well. Taking some time during your normal workout routine to give a little extra attention to the lower core will quickly prove to be beneficial to your overall fitness
Here are two of my favorite lower abdominal exercises to really focus on extra strength toning without going overboard:
The Roll up
Celebrity Pilates Instructor Nonna Gleyzer
A healthy body, in my experience, is one that appears natural. Apart from being properly ‘aligned, I believe that a person should look good in whatever clothing they may wear, whether it’s leggings for the gym or a cocktail dress for date night.