The latest fad in fitness that focuses on fluid cycles of movement engaging your core muscles is Pilates(prounounced pilateez).
Pilates is a body conditioning routine that may help build flexibility, muscle strength and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back. It puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing, and developing a strong core or center, and improving coordination and balance.
Pilates system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginning to advanced. Intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises.
Mind you, Pilates is not a form of Yoga. It does not hold static poses.
In fact Pilates builds strength without bulk, increases your flexibility and trains your posture, balance and mental focus.
“Though Pilates is in its relative infancy in India. With our programmes we hope to train & certify many more instructors in the Michael King Method and hope it finds a greater place in the fitness world here in India” informs Ava Verma, faculty from Michael King Institute – UK.
One can practice Pilates 2-3 times a week as a complement to your current fitness programme. Isn’t that great? The technique is practiced bare feet. Any clothing that does not restrict movement is suitable when doing Pilates. Modern Piklates uses props and apparatus including small weighted balls, foam rollers, large exercise balls, rotating disks, and resistance bands.
It is beneficial for everyone be it children, youth, pregnant women, senior citizens, dancers, sportsmen etc.Unfortunately, for those who are on the heavier side, Pilates is not for weight loss. “But as your posture & core improves as well as muscles gain suppleness, you will notice your silhouette improving,” confirms Ava.
What’s more? Pilates will make you free from any postural issues, aches & pains of natural aging.
– Babita Balan