If you hear someone talking about recommendations for low-impact exercise options, you'll likely hear two things... yoga and Pilates. While many are familiar with what yoga is, not everyone is as familiar with Pilates.
In a nutshell, Pilates is a series of movements that stabilize and strengthen your core. It can be demanding, but it's not the kind of workout that always works up a sweat. With Pilates, it's all about concentration and breathing. But don't be fooled... you'll definitely feel it in your muscles with each exercise. Pilates has a strong emphasis on technique. With consistent practice, Pilates will help you achieve better posture and a better sense of well being.
There are two main methods for practicing Pilates. You can do it on the floor with a mat, or you can use a machine (called a Reformer). Both are excellent workouts.
The beautiful thing about Pilates is that you don't already have to be in great shape to enjoy it. Pilates is great for absolute beginners, as well as seasoned athletes.
If you're interested in checking out if Pilates is right for you, click here to register for one of the many Pilates classes offered by Staszak Physical Therapy & Wellness Center. We'd love to see you!
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