Frank Mikulka's Weekly Fitness Tip
Pilates Will Make You Lean, Flexible and Strong (March 28, 2006)

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Last week I observed a Pilates class and decided to take it this week. What can I achieve doing Pilates? (Anna, Smithtown)

I think it is important to change up your workout because your body gets used to what you are doing and also to introduce the fun factor into your fitness program keeping your motivation high. Pilates works on both counts because it incorporates strong muscle core and connective tissue strength and helps you achieve a long, lean flexible body as you learn new moves. When I train clients, I incorporate some Pilates moves into their workouts. Pilates was originally created for dancers and life is about dancing, not watching while others dance. Here are some short and long term benefits:

  • Relaxation and stress-reduction similar to the benefits of yoga
  • Achieving Mind/body awareness as you feel your muscles working inside-out
  • Non-impact exercises that tone and lengthen your abdominal and spinal muscles
  • Improved posture as many of us slump due to our work or laziness to stand up straight
  • Better circulation
  • Increased stamina
  • An overall feeling of good health
  • As you can see, these are ingredients that make a good soup. And while you are looking for new classes, there’s also yogalaties!

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