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What is Pilates? According to WebMD, Pilates is “the system of strengthening and stretching exercises designed to develop the body’s core, mobilize the spine and build flexibility.” If anyone has ever done yoga, Pilates is very similar but doesn’t just focus on breathing and the yoga pose. There are many health benefits to taking this class. The first is that it really focuses on moving with your core. In turn, if you do enough Pilates you will have a flat, toned stomach. Another benefit is that Pilates works the entire body at once. Although you really focus on your core, throughout the course of the class you will engage every muscle in some type of exercise.Another cool thing about Pilates is that it makes you more aware of how your body moves. You start to pay more attention to your posture…sitting in class slouched over all day and then going to the gym is a recipe for disaster. WebMD made a really interesting analogy: “Think of a tree, Pilates experts say. Does it have all its strength in its limbs? No. The tree is only as strong as its trunk and roots. Without a strong trunk, the tree would topple over.” When you think about it, this is very true. If we do not have a strong core then working out is harder and less effective. If you have time definitely try to work Pilates into your weekly schedule, you won’t regret it!
Sarnataro, Barbara Russi SarnataroWebMD Weight Loss. “Pilates Exercises and Workout Benefits.” WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 21 Feb. 2013. <http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/the-benefits-of-pilates>.