Fitness Pilates & Posture

| 05/04/2013 | 0 Comments More

How can Pilates help my posture?

Fitness Pilates is challenging yet safe exercise that promotes a balanced body, a longer, leaner, toned shape, superb posture, a flat stomach, a strong back and increased mobility and flexibility. It also increases strength and endurance, improves balance and co-ordination, all without producing over developed or bulky muscles.

No surprise then that Pilates is a firm favourite with celebrities and the public at large and is backed by GPs, Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Physiotherapists.

Correct posture is the position where the body functions most efficiently and effectively whether it is static or in motion.

Posture is the alignment between the various parts of the body. Good posture underlies all exercise and exercise techniques and is the foundation for movement. Incorrect posture allows physical stress to build up in certain areas, ultimately leading to pain and injury. In relation to posture the two most important fitness components are flexibility and strength. Postural changes are often associated with poor muscle tone (weakness) together with too much muscle tone (tightening) in others.

The quality of your posture can make a big difference in your life. Good posture can make you look and feel younger, stronger and more confident and can help improve your breathing, advance your sports performance, decrease your risk of injury and improve your biomechanical efficiency. Over the course of your life, good posture can prevent painful physical strain in your joints.

The aim with Fitness Pilates is to redress the balance in muscle tone by using stretching exercises to lengthen tight muscles, combined with strengthening exercises to increase the tone of lax muscles.

It is possible to change and improve poor postural habits – by including Fitness Pilates in your exercise programme.

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