Benefits of using the Pilates Reformer
“If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old; if it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.” ~ Joseph H. Pilates.
Whether you do Pilates as your mainstream workout or to supplement other activities, exciting news for everyone is that a new study shows that regular exercise slows down the signs of ageing.
I started my Pilates journey few years back along with YOGA, when I was almost immobile due to a lower back spasm. It was Reformer Pilates and Yoga which helped me to recover, gain my strength back and be fit.
A very recent study has shown that the muscles of older men and women who have exercised for decades are extremely distinguishable in many ways from those of healthy 25-year-olds, according to the study these men and women also had much higher aerobic capacities than most people their age, the study showed, making them biologically about 30 years younger than their chronological ages.
What is Pilates Reformer?
The Pilates Reformer is an exercise machine used to incorporate the Pilates exercise technique for a challenging and intense workout. Springs, leverage and body weight are used as resistance while performing movements targeting specific muscle groups. Workouts consist of controlled, flowing movements working your muscles through a full range of motion. The reformer adds increased resistance to the movement. By working to overcome this resistance, training results in increased fitness levels.
Few Benefits of using the Pilates Reformer:
Pilates Improves Your Strength – Don’t think that Pilates is a gentle workout. Reformer Pilates can be a seriously challenging because the movement is so specific, controlled and precise. Just ask the Leinster Rugby Team, who often use Reformer Pilates to enhance preseason conditioning.
Pilates Improves Flexibility – Using Reformer Pilates to carefully create a movement sequence that works the joints, muscles and bones all together is going to give you a much enhanced level of flexibility.
Improves Breathing – Pilate’s workouts emphasize proper breathing. Breathing becomes deeper and less frequent, resulting in improved relaxation. Benefits include increased lung capacity and breathing efficiency during workouts and at rest. Your lungs are better equipped to supply your body with increased oxygen during workouts. Energy levels increase during exercise and at rest.
Pilates Reduces Mental Stress & Fatigue – Breathing properly can also super charge your core strength. Your diaphragm and core muscles work in tandem so when you improve your breathing, you improve your dynamic core strength too.
Reduces Body Fat – Exercise increases your metabolism, your body’s ability to burn calories. Increased muscle mass increases the number of calories burned. When the amount of calories burned is more than the amount of calories eaten, excess body fat is burned and used for energy to meet the increased demand.
Pilates Makes You Happy – But the biggest benefit Pilates brings to your life is that it can really improve your mood. Whether it is all that spine movement, an hour of head space or just being in the incredible environment of the studios, Pilates leaves you feeling better on the way out every time.
Keep your body moving and let Pilates take your health to a new level.