Top 9 Benefits Of Pilates- what 30 minutes of Pilates can do for your body

It’s that time of the year again when we think that it’s time to kick off our fitness related New Year’s resolutions. But if we start thinking of endless hours to spend at the gym, what is the likelihood we will actually stick to this new regimen?

The reality is that we need commitment, but what matters the most in order to reach our goals is finding a simple workout which we can fit into our busy daily schedule.

Let’s take a look at Pilates – what benefits can our favourite form of exercise offer if practised daily for only 30 minutes? We caught up with our Pilates instructors, and here are their top 9 benefits:

1. Relieve back pain

Activating the core muscles will prevent and relieve back pain in the long term.

Janine has been a qualified Body Control Pilates instructor for the last 19 yrs. She was one of the first Supervising teachers, helping newly qualified teachers through their teaching practise. “I love teaching Pilates on a Flavours Holiday as it gives me such an advantage. I not only get to teach my students morning and evening most days but I get to have fun with them all week. This, coupled with their 1:1 session, gives me so many more clues as to ways I can help them with improving posture and functional movement. In the relaxed environment it is easy to introduce bodies and minds to new ways of ‘being’. My holidays are like a Pilates ‘clinic’ and I aim to give everyone something ‘extra’ to take home to improve their technique.

2. Improve flexibility and joint mobility

Pilates will eventually lead to a more efficient and balanced body.

Pilates in Sicily by pool

3. Strengthens muscles

Our Pilates instructors recommend doing this using only your body weight without putting pressure on your knees and joints.

4. Possibility to lose weight

Pilates will increase your metabolism rate, which helps to burn calories faster.

Group of Flavours guests doing Pilates beside the pool in Italy

5. Balance body and mind

This exercise makes you more aware of your body and what you can achieve.

6. Reduces stress

Interestingly, stretching your body will help metabolise the stress hormones that build up in the body.

Pilates Teacher helping Flavours Holidays guest in Italian valley

Flavours Holidays instructor helping a guest in Italy

7. Mindfulness

Practising Pilates will help you train yourself in becoming more physically and emotionally present. To read more about mindfulness, check out this blog on Pilates and mindfulness.

8. Improve Stamina

Your body will become stronger the more you do Pilates, and your overall endurance will improve.

Pilates class by the pool in Italy

9. Increase Energy

Pilates will help your energy levels to increase, and you will stop getting tired as easily.

These benefits are only some of the amazing ways Pilates can help you if practised regularly. If you’re looking to re-focus your Pilates skills and enjoy some Italian sunshine at the same time, join us on a Pilates holiday in Italy this year.

 

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