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May 12, 2008

Pilates: Great Mind-Body Exercise

If you are looking for a great way to get active and see results relatively quickly, give Pilates a try. After a few weeks of Pilates you will start to feel and see differences in your body.

Joseph Pilates, the founder of Pilates was a sickly child. He suffered from a number of diseases and was often bedridden during his childhood. However, he claimed that by performing certain exercise he was able to recover from his illnesses and because an athlete.

Pilates is the idea way to integrate the body and mind and achieve excellent results from your workouts. While working out is great and will help you loose weight changing your weight loss mindset involves retraining the brain. Pilates will give you assistance in getting in touch with the mind. The moves take concentration and awareness to master so you won’t just be performing the moves you will also have to think about what you are doing. The more conscious you are of your body and mind, the better your relationship with food will be.

There are several different types of Pilates classes and DVD’s to choose from. There is Yoga-Pilates which incorporates moves from both yoga and Pilates. Then there is Cardio-Pilates which focuses on upping the heart rate and adding in moves that do more than just sculpt the body. There are also Pilates machines that can be purchased or used at studios but they are very expensive. If you are just looking to get your feet wet, you can try out a Pilates DVD at home and incorporate resistance bands or a balance ball.

The goal of Pilates is to sculpt the core of your body. The core encompasses the midsection and was believed to be the center of balance in the body by Joseph Pilates. His theory was that strengthening the core helps to prevent injuries and illnesses throughout the body. During an internment during World War I Joseph Pilates taught his exercises to a select group of men. While others in the internment camp became sick and died, none of the men that Pilates had taught his exercises to got sick.

There are a few things that you should keep in mind when you are doing Pilates. First and foremost, be careful when practicing and especially watch out for your back. The small of your back should never be arched. Also, you may want to practice getting your body into Pilates form by pulling your belly button in towards your back. While performing Pilates you will need to keep the belly button pulled in. This is no easy feat to accomplish when you are learning difficult poses so give it some practice before you take a class or start doing a DVD. You also want to start off small. Take your time and learn gradually. I recommend getting a beginners DVD and doing the modified versions of the poses before you try the tough stuff. I always try out new exercises at home before I embark on a class. That way I can feel my way through the poses and stop when I want to.

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