Pilates is a great way to keep fit for young and adults. The exercises are simple, and all you need is an exercise mat in most cases. Many dancers and gymnasts prefer Pilates because it helps to tone the body, and is also less prone to injury.
However, just like any other form of exercise, a person performing the Pilates should wear comfortable clothes. Avoid hasty movements, and also harmonize their breathing pattern with the body’s movements. Also, if you combine aerobic exercises with Pilates, the results are better.
Some of the Pilates equipment are ball, chair and the reformer. The Pilates ball is the most used equipment, and also very popular. At the same time, working out with the help of the ball could be fun. There are several exercises that can be performed by using the ball as a support. One is rolling with it, lifting it in various positions, and pressing it against the wall. The exercises performed using the ball aim at different parts of the body like leg muscles, stomach, and abs.
The Pilates chair is also very helpful for exercises. It is a light weight chair that helps to give support to the back, arms and legs while performing exercises. One can do several exercises in many different easy.
However, before using any Pilates equipment it is always recommended getting formal training for using them. Though the equipment is extremely easy to use and do not hurt you in anyway, it is still better to go for formal training to avoid falls and injuries.
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