Achy back? Give pilates a try. Multiple studies have shown that the power of this exercise program, which focuses on the core postural muscles that help keep the body balanced, are essential to providing support for the spine. In fact, several studies have found that pilates can even trump usual care for back pain when it comes to improving back function. People who took pilates or stretching classes are twice as likely to cut back on pain medications for their back aches as people who managed symptoms on their own.
Other physical benefits of pilates include:
● Increased flexibility.
● Increased muscle strength and tone.
● Improved respiration, energy and vitality.
● Maintaining a balanced metabolism.
● Weight reduction.
● Cardio and circulatory health.
● Improved athletic performance.
● Protection from injury.
Reminder: Before starting any new exercise system, it is always advisable to check with a physician or other healthcare provider.