Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, after whom it was named. Pilates called his method "Contrology". It is practiced worldwide, especially in Western countries such as Australia, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. As of 2005, there were 11 million people practicing the discipline regularly and 14,000 instructors in the United States.
Now consider those numbers for a second. Eleven million participants and 14,000 instructors in the U.S. alone. That’s not just a bunch of young ladies doing Pilates as many of you might think. That is women, men, girls, boys, seniors, disabled, and the list goes on and on. Why such popularity? The health benefits of Pilates are enormous. You will celebrate the positive physical changes in your body once you consistently include it in your routine. The muscles that you have not been using for a long time will be activated. It is tailored to your individual needs. There is a personalized workout plan which will be designed especially for you that will work and help in achieving your fitness goals. Adding more the significant changes of Pilates will increase the core stability muscles of the body. There is some combination of exercises that will fit you and challenge the muscles by using your own body weight or small pieces of equipment. Being consistent in your Pilates exercise will greatly increase your energy, makes you stronger and improves your body awareness and flexibility.
Pilates is more than just a workout. It also helps in relaxation and reduces stress and anxiety. It is a popular exercise because not only it focuses on core support and full-body fitness but includes the breath and the mind that is rare to find.
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