Benefits of using the Pilates Reformer

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.

Introduction to Health Dimensions

This is a blog for the average person who wants to know about all the dimensions of HEALTH.

From boot camp to long walks , Masala Bhangra to Zumba, proper hydration body necessities , food journaling and calorie counting, this blog will explore the methods (and madness) of the everyday person trying to get in – and stay in shape and most importantly attaining the epitome of being healthy.

This is not just about reaching a weight goal by a certain deadline – although we can talk about that. This is not just about training for a big-time event like a marathon, but changing just basic few things in your regular lifestyle – to be healthy and fit forever.

This blog is about the daily steps on the road to health and fitness for all of us, whether it began years ago in youth sports – or just in the last five minutes. It’s about going to the gym or going outside, and getting a good workout. It’s about improving water consumption according to the needs of our body, It’s about finding ways to shop, cook and dine in a way that supports a healthier lifestyle.

This blog is not about spending the whole day at Gym and not even enjoy a box of macaroons once in a while. This blog will be coming from a place of years of dedication to health and fitness in totality , it’s my knowledge of what I eat , how do I hydrate myself , and how do I mix up my exercise patterns to attain the maximum level of fitness and energy possible at the age of 50+.

Saying that, this blog isn’t only for 50+ people, it’s about starting to care for yourself as early as you can to reap the maximum benefits. As I always say, it’s never too late to take care of yourself, don’t get down and stay down. Keep fighting.

After years of research about beneficial diets, water consumption habits, best exercises and workout techniques, I wanted to share my love for fitness and good health with a bigger audience.

So, if you’ve ever sought a bike ride to clear your head…

Or thrilled in the delight of finishing your first 5 Km Run

If you’ve ever gone to the gym instead of Krispy Kreme…

Or gone to the gym after your trip to Krispy Kreme…

If you’ve ever been so sore after working your triceps that it hurt to shampoo the next day…

Counted the glasses for water consumption for proper hydration

Or replaced your regular dinner with a bowl of soup or salad.

Then I invite you to come back here and check out the blog, post your comments and suggestions and share your struggles and triumphs. Or, just read about my journey and health beliefs.

Sudesh

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