Can Pilates help with Weight Loss?
Bodyweight and resistance training exercises like Pilates can be just as effective as a cardio workout when it comes to weight loss.
Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on using both the mind and body to achieve optimal performance. The deep stabilizing muscles of the body are conditioned and strengthened using sequences of movements that use gravity, body weight and specifically designed equipment as forms of resistance. The connection between the mind and body are crucial to Pilates. Pilates trains the mind to maintain a constant level of awareness to the way the body moves.
Strength Tone and Flexibility
To lose weight, you need the physical capability to do exercises. Many people who are busy and/or sedentary struggle to perform weight loss exercises. Pilates will help you build strength, tone your core and increase flexibility and range of motion in your joints.
The Cornerstone Pilates offers many beginner programs. Mat Foundations, is a basic level class that integrates core and works the whole body while leaving you with a long and strong pain-free body.
A Pilates workout will increase the total amount of calories you burn and increase your metabolic rate, which will lead to weight loss.
Increasing Metabolic Rate
Pilates assists in weight loss is by boosting your metabolic rate and impacting your overall body composition. Most of us seek a toned and tight body with lean muscle mass, and in order to get this you could use cardio or weight training programs, but resistance is the key.
Pilates exercises on equipment machines can employ large heavy springs as opposed to weights so you will be using many different levels of resistance custom tailored to your strength and capacity.
When you do a Pilates workout, you’ll be asked to engage your abdominals, retract your shoulders and lengthen your neck. By the end of a class, your spine will elongate, your waist will narrow and your chest will lift up proudly. Your posture undergoes a complete overhaul leaving you looking and feeling longer and taller than you did just one hour earlier.
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