3 great reasons to do Pilates

3 GREAT REASONS TO DO PILATES

No doubt your New Year's resolutions include doing more exercise, slimming your figure and getting over that niggling back pain that keeps bothering you. What if you could solve all three problems with a single activity?

IT'S ALL TOO EASY TO COME UP WITH NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS AND CONVINCE YOURSELF THAT THIS YEAR'S THE YEAR YOU'LL ACTUALLY STICK TO THEM!

 

But it often only takes a few days for your motivation and good intentions to vanish. So what if you found a way of sticking to your commitments for 2018? And how about doing it with just one activity? Surely you'd be pretty chuffed? So let's take a look at what Pilates can do for you this year!

JUST WHAT YOU NEED

PILATES IS A GENTLE FORM OF EXERCISE THAT'S OPEN TO EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO KEEP THEMSELVES HEALTHY. THERE'S NO AGE LIMIT OR FITNESS REQUIREMENT FOR DOING PILATES.

If it's been a while since you did any kind of sport, don't worry. Starting on 1 January, first thing in the morning if you're a really keen bean, it's time to have a go at Pilates - in the comfort of your own home if you want! All you need is some comfy clothing and accessories such as a gym ball, elastic band and mat, and you're ready to go. Time to take care of yourself once and for all!

TONE OF YOUR FIGURE

JUST BECAUSE IT'S GENTLE, THAT DOESN'T MEAN IT'S INEFFECTIVE!

Pilates uses all of your muscle groups (abdominals, back muscles, glutes) to make them more toned with each session. You'll soon notice a difference! The method calls for you to perform movements fluidly, slowly and with perfect control, as well as working on your breathing. This will help you build up your core muscles and lose a few inches from your waist.

RELIEVE YOUR BACK

IF YOU SOMETIMES SUFFER FROM BACK PAIN, PILATES CAN BE A HANDY ALLY. THE POSES YOU'LL LEARN AS YOU DO PILATES ARE A GREAT STARTING POINT FOR HELPING YOUR BACK.

Pilates involves performing broad movements with a perfectly aligned spine. It's a way of training your body by working the muscles that support you and fighting your number one enemy: back pain. You'll learn to naturally straighten your back and hold yourself more upright.

Of course, there are plenty of other reasons to take up Pilates, which is why it's becoming so popular! Pilates is practical and accessible, making you more flexible and giving you a much-needed sense of well-being in our hectic and often stressful world. A quarter of an hour in the morning, at any time during the day, or just before bed will create your own little zen bubble. You'll soon be hooked and, for once, your New Year's resolution will turn into a habit that you just can't skip!

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