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5 Unique Reasons to Add Pilates to Your Routine

Posted on April 25, 2014

Pilates is more than just an exercise — it’s a practice that can have a huge impact on the lives of those who commit to a regular routine.

Beyond the basic boost to your overall health, there are plenty of unique reasons an individual might consider taking up Pilates — here’s 5 of them:

1. Pilates helps your golf game

Golfers of all levels find that consistent Pilates practice improves their game as well as reduces pain and injuries. In addition, golfers who practice golf-specific Pilates experience superior results in less time. Regular Pilates training can strengthen your lower back, reducing tightness brought on by playing golf, as well as help with joint pain.

2. The perfect choice for an expectant mother

Pilates is the perfect regimen for women looking to stay active while pregnant and to get back in shape after your baby arrives. Pilates can help strengthen your core, lower back and pelvic floor muscle, improve breathing and mind-body connections and boost balance and posture.

3. Pilates is a great boost to a runner’s performance

Pilates exercises are done in a way that balances your muscles, especially those that are chronically tight when you run: hamstrings, quads, IT bands, calves and lower back. At the same time, Pilates increases flexibility, improves your stride length, strengthens your core, loosens your tight muscles and prevents injuries.

4. Singers enjoy longer notes with Pilates

While practicing Pilates, you will develop a focused breathing routine. While it takes focus and training, once you develop a proper breath you will see the impact on your daily life. For singers, this can really have an impact on their ability to hold the note — or hit the high one.

5. Pilates can help you sleep at night

It’s no secret to most of us that a regular routine of Pilates can help you sleep better at night. A good night of sleep was a key component in to Joe Pilates’ philosophy. He believed in a quiet, cool, well-ventilated bedroom with a light blanket and a firm mattress.