In a day and age where beautiful bodies are celebrated, it leaves little scope for the muffin top that spills out of your jeans. Don’t get us wrong, we advocate body positivity but it is about time you take your health seriously. In a country where stress level and lifestyle diseases loom at an all-time high, it is about time that we all pay close attention to our bodies.
Now by that, we do not mean you go on a crash diet, nor do we want you to shell about your hard-earned cash on a gym membership that you’re going to withdraw from anyway. We are talking about trying something new, something like Pilates, that everyone from Janhvi Kapoor to Sara Ali Khan swears by. Not only does it make your body more flexible, but it is also super enjoyable too and has long-lasting effects. Need to know more about the magic, read on to discover its transformative health benefits.
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What Exactly Is Pilates?
Pilates is a fitness technique developed in the early 1900s by a German Anatomist Joseph Pilates as a reactionary method to alleviate sickness during the time. He credits pilates to bring in a balance in the body and also help condition and strengthen the muscles. The core of the exercise puts emphasis on building a strong core, alignment, balance, and stability that helps improve the mind and body in the long run. Often touted as the ‘art of controlled movements’ with significance to breathing, concentration, control, flow, posture, and stamina. While many may compare it Yoga for its similar structure and movement patterns, it is quite different. Pilates is benefitted by people who want to improve their flexibility and have an intermittent body problem, eg. lower back pain that they want to eradicate.
In India, however, it was made famous by the father-daughter duo Samir and Namrata Purohit, who worked in accordance to launch their first fitness studio The Pilates Studio in Mumbai, which slowly made its way to Delhi, Hyderabad, Raipur, Kolkata, Pune, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and many more. While Samir is known to be a stellar health coach and is also credited to get major corporate employees back in shape, Namrata prides herself in training the creamy layer of Bollywood, namely, Kareena Kapoor, Janhvi Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan, Malaika Arora among others.
Bollywood’s favourite fitness- Yasmine Karichawala is also not far behind in getting stars like Katrina, Alia and Deepika dance to her tunes in her Cadillac! In an interview to the Indian Express, the Pilates prodigy couldn’t stop praising about its umpteen benefits, “ I have done a lot of aerobics, weights, TRX, functional training but I wanted something to work from the inside out and nothing does that better than Pilates. It stretches and strengthens the body from the inside-out giving you better posture, alignment and prevents injuries. It makes you better equipped for any other activity that you choose.” she concluded.
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Dos before starting a Pilates Class:
- Pilates is not a trend, it is your lifestyle. You need to be regular with it. Three times a week is what is being advised. You can even mix it with your gym routine or swimming if you wish to.
- Warm-up and cool down is extremely essential so as to avoid any injuries
- You probably wouldn’t choose to invest in a pilates class if your aim is to ‘bulk up’. It is all about improving flexibility and balance
- It is an addition to your exercise routine. Doing it on its own is not going to make you lose weight. It is not a weight-bearing exercise and does not have any cardiovascular benefits.
With that in mind, get your workout clothes ready, it is time about time you make working out a bit more enjoyable.
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