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How Can Pilates Exercises Help You?

We’ve all heard about Pilates, the physical fitness system, popular in so many countries. But how much do you really now about this type of exercises?

Pilates is a body conditioning routine that helps you build flexibility, muscle strength and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips and back. It emphasizes the spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing and improving coordination and balance. Pilates' system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty, and intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises.

The prime benefit of Pilates is body awareness. Celebrity Pilates teacher Siri Dharma Galliano said that:

‘It is an education in body awareness. It changes your shape by educating you in daily life. It teaches you how to train your mind and build symmetry and coordination in the body’. He also added that: ‘when you can get control of the little things, that's practicing willpower’. Pilates teaches you how to breathe - useful when you're out on your daily run - and how to stand correctly - useful for making your belly look that much flatter. It's not all deep breathing and better posture; a regular Pilates practice can also connect you with your body and help you be better coordinated and mindful in all your movements.

Pilates can also strengthen your core like no other exercise. The term refers to the muscle in and around the area of the abdominal muscles and the back. People expect flat abs and losing weight, not abdominal strength and core support, but this type of exercise helps you gain a stronger, healthy back and body and along the way you can do other components of fitness and trim the body down.

Choosing Pilates helps you control your body. Galliano, who has sculpted the bodies of Madonna, Cameron Diaz, Sting, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Uma Thurman, says Pilates works because it teaches you how to move. He says that: ‘Unless you are taught how to move and discover with your teacher what is blocking you (for example, keeping your shoulders up too high), you will never achieve body symmetry,’

Another benefit could be calorie burn. Even if Pilates exercise isn’t a calorie-buster, it can help you burn an amount of calories during stretching and strengthening.