Physicalactivity is crucial for anyone intending to improve or maintain theirbody composition. Most importantly, it is vital for the maintenanceof the body’s health. It is, therefore, critical to ensure thatthere is at least one physical activity that one engages in to tapthe benefits alongside the activity. There are different physicalactivities to choose from depending on what interests a person orrecommendation from the doctor or trainer. Personally, I would beinterested in using the Pilates, which will be the center of thisdiscussion, as a form of physical activity to improve and maintain mybody composition.
Pilatesis a physical activity I would be interested to use in improving andmaintaining my body composition because of its several forms ofexercises and its health benefits.Pilates is composed of a series of close to five hundred exerciseswith the inspiration of yoga, ballet, or calisthenics (Jackson,2011). This implies that with Pilates, there is always a form ofexercise to choose from when undertaking a physical activity. ThePilates stretch and lengthen all the primary groups of muscles in thebody in a balanced manner. The result of engaging in the Pilates as aform of physical activity is an improved flexibility, balance,strength, and awareness of the body (Jackson, 2011). Pilates improvesboth the postural and muscular strength.
Pilateswas introduced in 1920 by a physical trainer, Joseph Pilates, as ameans of helping athletes and dancers suffering from injuries toresume exercises while at the same time maintaining their fitness ina safe manner (Roh, 2016). However, there has been an adoption ofPilates to suit people in the general community since theintroduction of the physical activity. Pilates fit as both aerobicand non-aerobic exercise form. It is paramount to have focus andconcentration while undertaking Pilates because it requires movementof the body through accurate and specific ranges of motion (Jackson,2011). It is very crucial to concentrate on identifying a centralpoint to control the body during the movement. Each exercise has aprescription of rhythm, placement, and breathing pattern (Roh, 2016).
Whenengaging in Pilates, the body muscles do not work to exhaustion.Consequently, there is no straining or sweating but intenseconcentration during the exercise (Haddad, 2015). The workout patternincorporates various task sequences undertaken in low repetitions,either five to ten minutes in sessions of forty-five to ninetyminutes. There is a need for specialized equipment and mats in useduring the exercises for resistance purposes. The teaching of thePilates as a means of physical activity is usually in a way that itsuits each individual. There is also a regular re-evaluation of theexercises to ensure that they are the most appropriate for anindividual. Because of its nature of personal attention, the methodis suitable for all people such as the persons with limited mobility,elite athletes, people with low levels of fitness, as well asexpectant mothers (Haddad, 2015). The classes for the exercises canbe found in physiotherapy clinics, Specialized Pilates Studios, orordinary leisure facilities.
Pilatesis suitable for everyone whether advanced or a beginner inexercising. One can undertake the tasks using a set of aidingequipment or own body weight. Besides this, Pilates has severalhealth benefits to people undertaking it. It results in improved andan increase in the tone and strength of muscles, improved lungcapacity and air circulation, flexibility, posture, stability of thespine, and concentration, relaxation of the neck, upper back, andshoulders, and prevention of musculoskeletal injuries. Pilates isalso a suitable means of relaxing and managing stress.
Tosum up, an ordinary Pilates presents a series of exercises andstretches suitable for all people. Aside from that, it has severalhealth benefits to the people engaging in the activity as evident inthe discussion above. For one to tap the advantages of the exercise,it is paramount to undertake Pilates twice or thrice a week. Ten totwenty sessions are enough for one to notice changes and posturalimprovements. Finally, it is crucial for one to consult the doctorbefore embarking on Pilates as a physical activity especially in thepresence of a pre-existing medical condition or absence from regularexercising.
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