"I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They'd be happier."
-- Joseph Hubertus Pilates, in 1965, age 86.
Many types of people, at many levels of fitness, who have begun doing Pilates exercises say they've seen improvements in range of motion, flexibility, circulation, posture, and abdominal strength -- and decreases in back, neck and joint pain.
Pilates is a system of strengthening and stretching exercises designed to develop the body's core, mobilize the spine and build flexibility.
Pilates helps build body awareness so when you are doing your daily activities, you will remember to pull your stomach in and pull your shoulders down, for example.
It will make you aware of how you sit or how you stand or how you move and being able to relate those habits to the aches and pains and injuries you have or have had in the past.
It can help make you aware of that chronic tweak in the neck you get from sitting at the computer all day with rounded shoulders and a phone cradled between ear and shoulder.
A lot of injuries or weakness are the result of bad postures at work, in your lifestyle, or not exercising the right way.
We sit at computers all day, then we might go to the gym and work the extremities, but not using our core. As a result we'll end up tight in some places and weak in others, injury-prone and susceptible to the pitfalls of our occupation or chosen form of exercise.
Pilates helps us concentrate on building a good foundation and a strong trunk or core.
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