The Health Benefits of Yoga and Pilates
Over the last few months, people have been looking for ways to better themselves both physically and mentally, trying to reverse the effects COVID-19 had on them. Exercise is one of the best things for you, but in particular, yoga and Pilates are two things that can have a profound effect that will help people reach their health and wellness goals. Pilates lengthens, stretches and balances all muscle groups in the body. It will improve flexibility, strength, balance and overall body awareness. Yoga brings the body and mind together on three core foundations; exercise, breathing and meditation.
In the blog, we'll discuss where yoga and Pilates originated from along with numerous benefits of both.
Always consult your doctor before beginning a new fitness regimen, especially if you have a pre-existing medical condition.
Yoga dates back thousands of years as an ancient Indian philosophy. In fact, classical techniques date back more than 5,000 years. Back then, it was designed as a spiritual pathway of enlightenment. Today, yoga helps reduce stress by relying on structured poses to enhance balance and improve breathing awareness. Yoga encourages effort, intelligence, accuracy, commitment and dedication.
Yoga does much more than reduce stress, it has also been known to lower blood pressure and enhance your overall well-being. This is due to the concentrated postures and the focused breathing that acts as a form of meditation.
Practicing yoga helps develop strength and flexibility while soothing your nerves and calming your mind. Other health benefits of yoga include:
- Digestive system – Improved blood circulation and the massaging effect of surrounding muscles can speed up poor digestion.
- Musculoskeletal – Joints are moved through their full range of motion, which encourages mobility and eases pressure. The gentle stretching releases muscle/joint tension, stiffness and also increases flexibility. Long-term benefits include reduced back pain and improved posture.
- Nervous system – Improved blood circulation, easing of muscle tension and the act of focusing the mind on the breath all combine to soothe the nervous system. Long-term benefits include reduced stress, anxiety, fatigue, increased energy levels, and a strong sense of calm and well-being.
Did you know, Pilates was brought to America by trainer, Joseph Pilates, as a way for injured athletes and dancers to resume exercise safely while maintaining their fitness? Pilates requires focus on finding a center point to control your body as you move. Every exercise requires a prescribed placement, rhythm and breathing pattern.
Your muscles are never worked to exhaustion. You should never strain, just have laser focus. There are Pilates workouts for everyone; elite athletes, pregnant women and those with limited flexibility. The health benefits of Pilates include but are limited to:
- Improved flexibility
- Balanced muscular strength on both sides of your body
- Enhanced muscular control of your back and limbs
- Improved posture
- Rehabilitation or prevention of injuries related to muscle imbalances
- Improved physical coordination and balance
- Relaxation of your shoulders, neck and upper back
- Prevention of musculoskeletal injuries
- Increased lung capacity and circulation through deep breathing
- Increased body awareness
- Stress management and relaxation
CoreFit Wellness offers both yoga and Pilates classes in our new state of the art facility! If you have any questions or would like to save a spot in one of our group classes, give us a call today!