Most of us might have heard about Pilates (though not all of us know the correct pronunciation). Pilates is a holistic exercise system designed to elongate, strengthen and restore the body to balance; so much more than just building a 'strong core' or 'perfect posture'.
Pilates is named after German born Joseph Pilates (1912-1967), a man who overcame his own childhood weaknesses through developing and practicing his own regime of exercises.
Pilates is good for everyone! Nothing more needs to be said. It works efficiently to make our core muscles function properly which support our posture and facilitate movement.
Beginners, who fancy Pilates like a million others in the world, do not need fancy equipment but just a pair of comfortable clothes and a mat and they are good to start at home itself. Here are some easy Pilate exercises to begin with:
This exercise is done to promote lengthening of the spine. It is integral to a lot of Pilate exercises that articulate the spine.
Chest lift position looks familiar to that of abdominal crunches but both the exercises differ substantially. Chest lift enables you to build abdominal strength and provides the basis for forward flexion Pilates exercises.
If you are looking for lower abdomen strength, this is the best Pilate exercise you must do. It stretches your legs and challenges the back extensors for good.
If you seriously want to learn Pilates and want to do it at home, there are various instructional DVDs and books available in the market and on internet to help you. Start as soon as possible at the place of your choice.
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