Energy: How Pilates Can Boost Yours
“I can honestly say that Pilates has tripled my energy level”, states Sian Phillips, the distinguished actor, who also happens to be a longstanding client of Pilates Central.
Doing Pilates, says Joan Bakewell, the writer and broadcaster, leaves her with “a tremendous sense of well-being”.
They are not the only ones. Others find that Pilates leaves them feeling both relaxed and energized.
One of the reasons is simply that every time you exercise, your body releases endorphins, the natural “feel-good’ hormones.
But there’s also more to it than that.
The breathing exercises integral to Pilates promote good circulation, improve lung capacity and improve your all-round energy levels. Deep breathing increases the oxygen in your blood, helping to invigorate the mind, brain and body and help you forget day-to-day cares.
A more relaxed person is a less stressed one, which tends also to mean a more energized one.
The effect also lasts long after a Pilates session has ended, since Pilates strengthens the abdominal muscles and speeds up your metabolism by replacing fat with muscle.
Pilates can improve your general health through finding a “neutral” position for your pelvis, spine and rib-cage, strengthening your core abdominal muscles and stabilising and mobilising your shoulders and neck. All of these benefits should help leave you with a feeling of more energy.