Pilates: The Perfect Exercise Regime for Stress Relief

Pilates Is For Everybody

Pilates The Perfect Exercise Regime for Stress ReliefIf you are looking to strengthen your abdomen and pelvis as well as maintain good posture, then Pilates is for you. Pilates is great for strengthening and toning with a focus your core and for increasing your flexibility. Pilates is classed as a muscle-strengthening activity, which can help you maintain a healthy weight.

Because of its core focus, Pilates is popular not only in the field of fitness but also in rehabilitation. Pilates is performed both on apparatus and mats, whereas classic yoga doesn’t require any equipment. A number of versions of Pilates are taught today and the majority are based on up to nine principles.For the treatment of lower back pain, low-quality evidence suggests that while Pilates is better than doing nothing, it is no more effective than other forms of physical exercise.

Pilates For Anxiety and Stress Relief

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, or have interacted with me on a personal level, you probably know that I’ve dealt with seasons of stress and anxiety. In fact, it was anxiety that led me to fall in love Pilates again after a long hiatus. Those of you who have dealt with anxiety know that it’s a frustrating companion. One that doesn’t respond to reason and doesn’t make sense to others. It’s a place of fear and loneliness that only those who have dealt with it can truly understand.

Through Pilates I have found freedom.

But I know anxiety well enough to know that it’s waiting just around the corner should life’s circumstances throw me off kilter. So it’s import that I do the things I need to do to keep my stress levels low. Which explains why I am so big on self-care and doing the things I need to do to feel the way I want to feel.

Stress manifests in the body.

It manifests in headaches, stomach aches, digestive issues, back pain, muscle tension, dizziness, even rashes and skin disorders. Stress compromises our immune system, disrupts sleep, and creates tension in relationships. Stress leads to weight gain. Read more here.

Yoga and Pilates are both wonderful for toning and strengthening all of the muscles groups in your body but when it comes to Pilates vs Yoga weight loss advantages, there is not a massive difference in how much weight you will lose.

How to Relieve Stress and Anxiety with Pilates

If you’re anything like me, you deal with a lot of stress, daily. I found ways to handle stress and anxiety naturally, even in my most anxious moments, and I’m excited to share them with you.

Pilates uses intentional, fluid movements of the body to gain strength and flexibility. These intentional movements can also help you find stress relief. It’s great for the mind and the body, below I’ll talk about (more like gush over) why I love Pilates to reduce stress and anxiety.

Shut Off Your Thoughts

Pilates is certainly a challenge for your body, but it’s also a challenge for your mind. You have to be present and listening intently to your instructor, and if you get a good one you’ll love doing just that! There is a lot of choreography, and verbal cues from your instructor, and to get the best workout you want (and also so you don’t slow down the entire class) you can’t let your mind wander, but it’s easy because you’re already challenging your brain.

Mental Clarity
So you’ve done your class, and for a full hour you didn’t have the time to think about your problems… but now, as you’re walking to your car is the most important moment. Really listen to your brain, let it come naturally. Often after you have stopped over analyzing something you “awaken” with new mental clarity on the subject. Kind of like when you “sleep on it” and wake up with a new perspective. See more here.

Fortunately, the benefits of Pilates can support our bodies while we age, even reversing some of the negative effects, by increasing mental focus, boosting mood, limbering muscles, and trimming waistlines.

12 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Pilates for Your Peace of Mind

Modern world is full of distractions, stresses and chaos. Each one of us is looking for a personal state of peace and tranquility that would help us make sense of everything that is going on in our lives. When searching for that inner balance we usually consider popular self improvement techniques like meditation, simplifying, affirmations etc. but we rarely consider any form of exercise as a viable tool to help us balance our lives.

1. Pilates improves your memory and makes you smarter.

Beginning in our late 20s most of us start losing about 1% of the volume of our hippocampus, a portion of the brain responsible for memory and cognitive function. Our brains are literally shrinking. For a long time scientists thought that we were born with a certain number of brain cells but recently they discovered that our brains could create new cells thus slowing down or reversing brain shrinkage.

2. Pilates trains your brain.

Learning new activities is a proven brain-training technique. Heidi Johansen Berg and her colleagues from the University of Oxford have discovered that learning new activities increases the density of white matter in the brain (the fibers that let neurons communicate.) If the neurons are formed but they don’t connect then eventually they die without any benefit to brain health so this white matter is extremely important. Check full article here.

Pilates Is Great For Building Core Strength

Yoga and Pilates are both forms of exercise that engaging your mind and body. The health benefits of Pilates are thought to include improved posture, muscle toning and improved balance and mobility. While there are specific exercises that will make your core stronger, yoga and Pilates are also great for building core strength.

The primary ideals of Pilates are improving posture, correcting imbalances, and enhancing functional movement. Yoga and Pilates are both low-impact workouts that focus on using bodyweight resistance. Pilates can be taught in a dedicated Pilates studio with apparatus, or in an open area with mats and small equipment, call us here: (619) 831-8777.

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Author: Allison Yardley

Allison has 6 years in practice as a Chiropractor's Assistant and is a licensed Massage Therapist who writes for numerous blogs online. Feel free to comment or ask questions regarding any of Alley's blog posts.