FITNESS: Pilates

By on August 1, 2012
Pilates

It’s never too late to make positive changes for a better lifestyle. How would we feel if we could go back in time to reverse all the movements that caused our body pain?

Our bodies are made up of systems that enable us to function effientiently. To keep the body healthy, we need to MOVE! Our choice of movement or exercise is critical to our longevity. The benefits of Pilates provide optimal musculoskeletal performance-strength, flexibility, and endurance, without risking injury. With a focus on core stability, including pelvic and shoulder girdle stabilization, neutral alignment and breathing, the Pilates method of exercise helps restore the natural curves of the spine relieving tension. The result: a balanced and aligned body that looks fit feels revitalized and moves with ease.

The skeletal bones have many functions providing levers for muscles to control movements. Keeping proper structure alignment will prevent joint dysfunction. Pilates encompasses a repertoire of exercises that prevent joint injuries or rehabilitates existing injuries. To maintain or restore pain-free dynamic posture and movement of the body, stability and strength most be obtained. In more simple terms, Pilates is a way to keep our spine, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles in the most anatomically correction position for living healthier. With back, hip and knee surgery on the rise, it only makes sense to be proactive against injuries and increase our overall wellness. Correcting all abnormal biomechanics and muscles imbalances will ensure better balance as we age and make us stronger athletes. More than 20 million American women have osteoporosis, a preventable disease. Hip fractures kill more women than breast cancer because 20 percent who fall down from a broken hip die within the year.

When we stop moving and the body becomes rigid, it starts to shut down. Consider giving your joints the care and attention they so need to keep you MOVING!

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