At Firehaus Pilates in Denver, we could go on for hours about how Pilates can help you live a better, healthier life. However, if you are on the fence about whether or not to give this innovative exercise regime a try, here are five reasons to convince you to come into our Pilates studio and try Pilates today.
1. Pilates Improves Your Focus
Every minute of the day, innumerable items are fighting for your attention and can take their toll on your nerves: your job, your family, your social life, etc. Since you are reading this article online, consider the path you took to arrive here. Everywhere you look there are ads, articles, tweets, pins, and facebook posts; it’s enough to frazzle even the most disciplined mind.
Pilates exercises require constant attention to breathing and posture. These fundamental aspects of physical being are all too easy to overlook. By centering your attention on them and pushing out all distractions, Pilates exercises can renew your ability to focus your attention in the present moment. Our instructors at Firehaus Pilates can help you regain focus during fitness sessions and learn how to carry that mental rejuvenation into the rest of your life.
2. Pilates Helps You Prevent and Recover from Injuries
Joseph Pilates, the founder of the exercise practice, created his workout philosophy around a blend of Western and Eastern physical therapy practices. A genius in creating customized apparatuses to help with exercise, Joseph Pilates knew that one size certainly doesn’t fit all when it comes to recovering from an injury. As such, Pilates is all about creating customized workout routines that take into account an individual’s unique physiology and adjusting those routines over time to aid recovery.
Pilates is also helpful for preventing injuries. When we are young it is easy to bounce back after a bad fall, but as we get older calcification around the joints and general wear and tear begins to take a more noticeable toll on our ability to perform everyday tasks. Without regular exercise and core strengthening, even a minor physical activity can unexpectedly lead to a thrown out back, a fall, or worse. Improving balance, flexibility and strength can help prevent such injuries by increasing awareness of where your body is in space and how it is aligned. The sooner you begin a Pilates regime, the sooner you can ameliorate some of the risks of just being alive and active.
3. Stay Fit and Flexible with Pilates
We all want to maintain a certain level of physical fitness. Indeed, modern culture has a seemingly endless list of demands for how we should appear. Putting aside the tidal wave of nonsense in every fashion magazine, we all want and deserve to feel great in our own bodies. Pilates exercises were designed with health as a top priority. By adopting a regular Pilates workout program you’ll find your overall physical condition improving every month you keep it up. Cookie cutter workouts or diets may say they offer the same benefits, but then they only take one or two fairly arbitrary metrics like weight into account. As Pilates exercises are scalable to meet your ever improving levels of strength and flexibility, you’ll be able to monitor your progress and see real and positive results in weight loss, strength training, and overall health and wellness.
4. Get Off the Couch with Pilates
As we mentioned in a previous post, sitting down for too long is dangerous. From our desks at work to our couches at home most of us spend way too much time sitting and not nearly enough time moving around. Pilates is a great way to leave your chair behind and get moving.
Our bodies crave exercise, but seemingly every aspect of modern living is built to keep us stationary. Especially when winter weather hits, bad habits can keep us inert for far too long. Firehaus Pilates provides a clean, calm, non-competitive atmosphere where you can come to work on you and nothing else.There’s no time like the present to start establishing a healthier and more active lifestyle and it can begin right now!
5. Pilates Helps Condition the Whole Self
So much of what we do every day externalizes our awareness and makes us subject to our environment and obligations. It doesn’t have to be that way. Pilates lets us take control of our bodies and our minds by dedicating some time to conditioning ourselves rather than responding to outside stimulus. By narrowing our attention to the practice of becoming stronger, more flexible, and more focused, Pilates practitioners help themselves take control back from the outside world. It’s not asking too much of yourself or the world to dedicate some time every week to your personal improvement. Firehaus Pilates is here to help and our team of experienced instructors look forward to seeing you improve both mentally and physically.