We all know Pilates can help you look your best, but the benefits of adding Pilates to your workout routine go beyond being able to fit into your skinny jeans. Here are are few benefits of doing regular Pilates that you may not think of:
1. It’s a natural energy booster.
Before you reach for that third cup of coffee, consider taking a Pilates break to renew your energy. Because Pilates stimulates the spine and muscles and gets your breath and circulation flowing, it can help give you energy both mentally and physically to help get you through your day.
2. It’s a natural pain reliever.
Do you suffer from chronic back or neck pain? Because Pilates helps improve posture and addresses muscle imbalances that can cause back pain, it can help lessen and eventually eliminate back pain when practiced regularly. Also because Pilates strengthens your core and teaches greater body awareness, those who practice regularly are less likely to get injured.
3. It can help you sleep.
Pilates can help fight stress, which is a major cause of insomnia. That might seem obvious enough, but there have been several scientific studies that point to the fact that those who practice Pilates regularly get a better night sleep than those who do not. It comes back to body awareness as well: if you’re more in tune with your body, studies suggest, you’re more able to let go of stress that might keep you up and relax into dreamland.
What are some unexpected benefits of Pilates that you’ve experienced?