It’s a New Year, and that means many people are making New Year’s resolutions. The three most common resolutions the past three years according to a number of sources are eat healthier, exercise more and save more money. Does this sound familiar? I love this article from Forbes that gives you some tips for making resolutions you can actually achieve. For instance, it’s easier to achieve a resolution like “I’m not going to eat potato chips or drink diet sodas in January” than a general resolution like “I’d like to lose some weight”.
Let’s apply those same principles to exercise. A New Year’s Resolution of “I want get in shape”, is fairly hard to achieve because it’s not specific. Let’s break that down. What does get in shape mean to you? Does it mean you’d like to run a marathon? Does it mean you’d like to walk up the stairs without being out of breath? Or are you trying to say you’d like to lose weight and you think you can do that by getting in shape?
At EMPS, we would love to help you set and meet your health goals in 2019. The health benefits of Pilates include:
- improved flexibility
- increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks (the ‘core muscles’ of your body)
- balanced muscular strength on both sides of your body
- enhanced muscular control of your back and limbs
- improved stabilization of your spine
- improved posture
- rehabilitation or prevention of injuries related to muscle imbalances
- improved physical coordination and balance
- relaxation of your shoulders, neck and upper back
- safe rehabilitation of joint and spinal injuries
- prevention of musculoskeletal injuries
- increased lung capacity and circulation through deep breathing
- improved concentration
- increased body awareness
- stress management and relaxation.
In addition, Pilates is effective for EVERY age group, and in some situations, is similar to physical therapy. Be one of the 8% of people that makes a New Year’s resolution and sticks to it. Make a resolution to practice Pilates 1 or 2 times a week, and let us help you keep that resolution.