Whoever thinks 10 seconds goes by fast has never been to a Pilates class!
What is Pilates anyways? Pilates is a low-impact exercise that aims to strengthen muscles while improving postural alignment and flexibility. It is a great and effective tool to use for both injury rehabilitation, as well as injury prevention during everyday life and in sport. Keep reading to find out why Pilates is great for injury prevention.
Pilates focuses on the ‘centre’, or core muscles.
Whether sitting, standing or moving, it is important for our core muscles to be working. Pilates teaches your core muscles to be ‘functional’. As a result, whether you are out on the sports field, or sitting at a desk for several hours, your core muscles will be able to support you, thus decreasing your risk of injury.
Pilates emphasises ‘alignment’.
When in alignment, the body performs better, feels better and even looks better. Poor alignment has become the new norm due to long hours spent on a computer or looking at a phone. Pilates exercises emphasize correct alignment. This means that strength gained from sessions allow muscles to support the body in a more aligned position outside of the class, thus decreasing risk of injury.
Pilates teaches body awareness.
Because of Pilates emphasis on control and awareness, you will form a stronger mind-body connection. This means that during your everyday life, you will be able to alter the way you move more easily to ensure you are performing pain free movements.
Pilates increases joint support.
Pilates focuses on strengthening smaller muscle groups surrounding your joints. These muscles are what help support your joints, especially when your bigger muscles get tired. Because of this extra support, less strain is placed on your joints, therefore decreasing your risk of injury.
Pilates focuses on both stability and mobility.
Pilates exercises emphasize mobility and flexibility, as well as having stability throughout movements. This means that not only will Pilates increase your joint and muscle range of motion, but it will also make sure that you are strong in these ranges, thus decreasing your risk of injury.
These are just a few ways that Pilates can help prevent injury. Therefore, if you are looking for a new form of exercise to add to your routine, Pilates is a fun, effective, and rewarding one to consider.