Yes, that is right. You should be doing pilates on a regular basis.

Here’s why: It will change the way you move.

You see, it’s all about posture. Poor posture produces pain. Most of us have bad posture. We live in an anteriorly based world. Just imagine sitting at a computer 8 hrs a day and what that does to someone’s posture. Or standing over a table preparing meals all day. Or driving a truck all day. Gardening. Everything we do is forward based.

That can all lead to shoulders that round forward, heads that drop forward and rounded upper backs.

Take that posture and keep adding age to it. Oh, and don’t forget gravity pulling you forward and down.

Bad posture can lead to a whole host of health problems. Migraines, chronic pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis & golf elbow, spine misalignment, poor circulation, and even depression.

Pilates to the rescue! Pilates is based on the proper alignment of the spine. Basically one goes from slouching forward to standing up tall. When your body is in alignment, everything falls into its proper place. Shoulders roll back, the head rests on top of the neck, not forward, the back is tall and not slouched.

Pilates does this by…

deeply strengthening the abdominal muscles. A strong core is important for stabilizing your spine. Maintaining a strong core keeps the back strong and keeps the body in proper alignment. Through Pilates, you learn how to engage the core to strengthen the abdominal muscles through a series of small, isolated movements using mainly your body weight.

improving posture. With Pilates, you practice proper spinal alignment which is imperative for overall health. This is done by strengthening your back & abdominal muscles through specific mobility exercises.

increasing flexibility & joint fluidity. Pilates exercises focus on dynamic mobility. The movements are intended to elongate and strengthen the muscles to promote muscle elasticity and joint mobility. A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured.

So how does one start their pilates journey? Join a mat class or hire a certified pilates instructor for some one-on-one training. Lucky for you, I know some a great instructor that offers great classes;)

If you live in West or North Vancouver, come to Impulse Sports Therapeutics on 15th & Bellevue for mat pilates on Thursdays at 8:45am.

You can also check out my short pilates videos on youtube here and  here

Whatever you do, make sure you try it out! You’ll be amazed at how great you’ll feel in just a few classes.