Find out how Pilates workout can help your body to get its shape, burn fat, and increase your quality of life
Cardio exercises are great for burning calories and losing weight. but that does not mean cardio is the only way to lose weight. Other exercises such as Pilates, which is considered less intense, apart from having many health benefits also can help remove excess fat in the body.
What exactly is Pilates?
Pilates is more than just physical exercise but also good to increase the power of the mind, as well as mental strength. Pilates is very appropriate to become one of the workout menu at your home. Pilates was originally a workout package that was created by Joseph Pilates in the early twentieth century and is considered suitable for the dancers because it can increase the flexibility of the body. To know more about Pilates, infobytes.tv has summarized the history of Pilates and how Pilates develops in the video down below
Pilates performed slowly in a controlled manner, using stretching movements to build overall body strength. Pilates combines breathing exercises, making it great for calming the mind. The main focus of Pilates is to train the core muscles (muscles located in the pelvis, lower back, and abdomen). Strong core muscles will make your posture better, avoid back pain, and increase flexibility.
Do Pilates Lose Weight?
The short answer is yes. Pilates can help you lose weight, but it is not going as fast as cardiovascular exercises for example. Pilates will build lean muscle mass (raising metabolism), and gives a slimmer appearance , but will not burn the same amount of calories with cardio sessions such as jogging. But that does not mean there is no benefit of Pilates. There are things you can do to burn more calories with Pilates.
The basis of pilates is to increase core strength. The meaning of core strength is the strengthening of the internal muscles in the body such as the back and body muscles. As the core strength increases then these muscles will work with other, more superficial muscles to make body movements better and lighter.
The core strength also improves stability and balance in the body. This is one way pilates relieve and overcome the problem of back pain. If the spine is in a correct and stable position then it can hold the load well so that the body can move efficiently and freely.
Six Principles of Pilates:
They are Centering, Controlling, Plotting, Breathing, Precision, and Concentrating.
The Pilates method always emphasizes quality over quantity. The six Pilates principles above are the main factors in determining the quality of Pilates exercises. And you will find that, unlike most practice systems, Pilates does not provide much repetition for every move. When doing the exercises in full, with precision will probably give significant results in a short time compared to reps like many found in other sports.