Pilates Tips

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In order for you to get the maximum benefit from your Pilates workout, you may want to keep the following tips in mind:

Stay focused.

Pilates was designed so that your breathing rhythm combines with your body movements. Qualified Pilates instructors will teach you ways to keep the rhythm of your breathing in sync with the exercises.

You will also be instructed to keep your mind on your muscles and exactly what you are doing. Pilates main goal is to unite your mind with your body. This helps to relieve anxiety and stress.

Be comfortable.

Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and bear in mind that Pilates is typically done without shoes. If you start to feel uncomfortable, experience pain or feel strained then it is time to stop.

Let it flow.

As you perform your Pilates exercises you should avoid any quick, jerky movements. Each movement should be slow, but it should still be strong and flexible.

Joseph Pilates worked with dancers so it was his aim that the movements would flow like a dance.

Put your heart into it.

One of the nice things about doing Pilates is that you don’t even have to break a sweat.

However, you can choose to work the exercises quickly in an effort to increase your heart rate, but at all times keeping the movements fluid.

Since Pilates is mainly about strength and flexibility, you may wish to pair your Pilates workout with an aerobic exercise such as brisk walking or swimming.

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