By Mary Ann Smith, Director of Wellness, AVAC
Pilates increases levels of strength, balance, flexibility, muscle tone, stamina and well being. It is known to improve posture and prevents aches and pains because it strengthens and stretches all muscles. Most importantly Pilates has exercises that are safe and effective.
AARP states that the strengthening and stretching of the core muscles through Pilates is a good way of warding off the effects of aging. It promotes safety and quality of each repetition in a set. One of the first things people learn is to control their breathing which helps maintain their heart rate.
It relieves stress from the body and generates more oxygen to the muscles when exercising. People who train also learn to control their balance. Mat and reformer classes are offered. The reformer provides resistance that adds a weight bearing component to the workout.