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3 reasons to try Pilates

3 reasons to try Pilates | UPMC Health Plan

As many of you give new types of exercise a try in the new year, add Pilates to your list! Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on core strength, flexibility, and body awareness. This all-ages exercise can be done in a group fitness class or with the help of a certified instructor. The best part is that the benefits of this exercise program can span across all areas of your life, not just in the gym!

Here are our top three reasons to give it a try:

1. Improve your posture.

Bad posture can lead to a slew of other issues, such as back and neck pain. These problems usually stem from improper body alignment. Pilates promotes a well-balanced muscular system and skeletal alignment, which strengthens the muscles responsible for good posture. Over time you will also become more aware of your body in space through mind-body connection learned in Pilates.

2. Boost your overall fitness.

In several studies, Pilates has demonstrated significant increases in abdominal endurance, hamstring flexibility, and upper-body muscular endurance. If you are starting from a low fitness level, Pilates will greatly improve your overall body strength over time. If you practice regularly, you will also notice improved concentration, precision, control, and flow while doing the movements.

3. Reduce your injury risk.

Pilates is often incorporated into exercise programs because of its proven ability to create a foundation for a strong and well-balanced body by strengthening the joints and improving balance and flexibility. Your enhanced physical state may reduce injuries as you go about your activities of daily living.

So why not give Pilates a try! You will not only feel better but can focus on some of your goals both inside and outside the gym.

Tell us about your experience with Pilates in the comments.