How Pilates Can Improve Flexibility

by pilates32 on September 21, 2011

Flexibility is a much neglected attribute of a fitness regime, which should be focused upon just as much as other factors such as weight loss, muscle growth and development and cardiovascular fitness. Many times we are so concerned with reaching our primary fitness goal, that we do not take time to stretch and condition the body as it needs to be.

Flexibility is defined as the range of movement and motion that muscles within the body move across. The greater the flexibility, the more functional and mobile the body will be. It allows for large compound movements with the fitness or sports setting, without the body being at risk of injury. Lack of flexibility, means that the body is less likely to pick up an injury as muscles are likely to tear and stretch beyond that which they are capable. Reduced flexibility can also have detrimental effects on postural position of the spine and range of movement of joints and various muscles.

Pilates is a system of exercise, which not only helps you lose weight and improve strength and muscle tone, but also improves flexibility. Pilates uses exercises that dynamically and statically stretch the muscles making the work across a full range of motion. The exercises are very simple to follow and allow for many stages of progression as your strength and flexibility improve. As you see improvements you will feel more supple and more agile in all you do throughout the day. This is why so many people choose to use Pilates as a primary or secondary method of training.

If you are already doing an exercise method, Pilates may compliment it very well. It will improve your mobility and make you more efficient with what you do, such as running, swimming or even something like horse riding. You need not spend more money at the gym or for personal training. You can follow a Pilates video quite easily at home and see amazing results and big improvements in flexibility.

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