5. Develops Core Strength
The core muscles of the body are the deep muscles of the back, abdomen, and pelvic floor. These are the muscles we rely on to support a strong, supple back, good posture, and efficient movement patterns. When the core is strong, the frame of the body is supported. This means the neck and shoulders can relax, and the rest of the muscles and joints are freed to do their jobs — and not more. A nice side benefit is that the core training promotes the flat abs that we all covet.
Even though a lot of people are interested in Pilates because they want that 6-pack, those 6-pack muscles (rectus abdominus) barely scratch the surface of what Pilates can offer practitioners. A strong back will prevent injury as well as mitigate the effects of aging and lifestyle. Exercising those pelvic floor muscles helps women with the birthing process, and helps everyone with issues of incontinence.
Pilates is also great for sex. Yes, strong pelvic floor muscles increase sexual pleasure and if that is not enough of a reason to get to your closest Pilates studio, then also remember that Pilates helps people to stand up straighter. Good posture makes one look taller, slimmer, and duplicates the appearance of a 10 pound weight loss!
So get thee to a Pilates studio, like Springwater Pilates!