Pilates is a perfect example of never judging a book by its cover. Many think Pilates only involve stretching and small movements with little to no challenge when, in fact, it can be very challenging! Pairing Pilates with a healthy diet can help you lose weight and possibly expedite your weight loss journey. So, how exactly does Pilates help you lose weight?
Pilates is a great place to start for physical activity
Many find Pilates classes are a great place to get started for the physical activity requirement of weight loss. People who are overweight tend to struggle with weight loss exercises and Pilates is a great way to ease into physical activity without injury. Between the flexibility training and strength building, Pilates will retrain your body and get you on the right track to lose weight.
Pilates help(s) you build strength
To actually lose weight, you need a bit of strength. Pilates help you to build strength by toning your core and increasing your flexibility. In addition, Pilates focus on spinal strength which can help alleviate back pain, making exercise easier and more comfortable. Once you’ve started to build muscle, you’ll be able to perform more exercises with increased comfort and less difficulty.
Pilates shape your midsection
Your midsection tends to be one of the hardest to tone and a major motivation for many to lose weight. Pilates movements and exercises help you tone your muscles, especially around your midsection. This shapes your body and gives you a leaner appearance. Pairing Pilates with an improved diet is a great way to lose weight around your hips and tummy.
Pilates get(s) you moving
If you really want to lose weight, you need to be active and moving. During a Pilates session, you will engage every muscle in your body which many physical activities and workouts do not do. The more you build strength and balance with Pilates, the easier your body will be able to move and shed weight. One Pilates session won’t make you drop several pounds, but it will contribute to the amount of time you spend moving in a day and the number of calories you burn.
Whether you’re just getting started with your weight loss journey or you’re looking for an extra physical activity, Pilates will keep you active, especially if you’re not looking for a high-impact workout. Pair this with a healthy diet and you should surely see a lower number on the scale.
If you are in the South Denver Metro Area, Centennial, or Castle Rock, visit our Centennial office for a Pilates session with our certified instructor! We also offer acupuncture, chiropractic care massage therapy, and nutritional counseling. Contact us or request an appointment today!
BY: Dr. Friedman
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