Use Pilates to Progress Properly

by pilates32 on November 17, 2010

Our fitness goals are never ending and forever changing. We can become demotivated just as fast as we become inspired. The key to staying on top of your progress is to stay passionate and to convert this passion into results. Being consistent is not always easily when things keep going wrong. You begin your fitness journey only to fall at the first hurdle with injury, joint pain or simply the wrong type of program that would never see any results anyway.

Running on the treadmill three times a week is only suitable for a very very small amount of people. Not only is it boring, but the consistent impact on your joints will eventually lead to injury. So instead, why not vary your training by adding in a Pilates workout once or twice a week. By doing this not only do you increase core and full body strength, you also mobilize your joints, increase flexibility and balance your posture.

Pilates is a system of exercise that allows people to progress in which ever fitness or sporting activity they do. Pilates is designed to stretch, strengthen and align your core muscles and all joints connected. For example, running several times a week can cause imbalance in your posture, tighten your hip flexing muscles and shorten your hamstrings. This type of training can put much stress on our spine and joints. By performing Pilates regularly you will condition the body to stay strong under such training conditions.

Pilates is an excellent source of recovery as well as a training entity in it’s own right. The emphasis on flexibility and mobility is an excellent way of flushing out of the body any waste products generated by intense exercise, such as lactic acid. It can reduce the effects of the delayed onset of muscle soreness (known as D.O.M.S) as well improving the elasticity and muscle provision of muscle fibers.

If you are new to Pilates, you need not join a gym or attend a class to learn. If your schedule is busy enough as it is, why not try doing Pilates at home using a video or DVD. This way you can learn the principles that underpin the method of exercise in the comfort of your own home.

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