Many people first get into exercise as a means to lose weight. Perhaps you’ve done some research and decided that you will actually enjoy Pilates, and that it might be a good place to start.
We agree! Pilates is a fantastic way to restart your exercise regime and to promote a healthy body and mind.
But will it help you lose weight?
The short answer?
No, Pilates is not an effective means of losing significant weight.
A 2006 study found that body weight and body fat was not significantly affected in adult females using a regular Pilates routine. A 2004 study found that Pilates does help improve flexibility, but does not significantly affect body composition, even after six months of training.
So when it comes to pure fat loss, eating well, lifting weights and getting enough sleep are more effective solutions.
Then why do Pilates?
There are so many other reasons you should try Pilates!
Pilates uses your mind as much as your body. The use of your deep core muscles means you’ll leave each class feeling connected and strong – a feeling that quickly becomes addictive, trust us! It’s like meditating, seriously.
After an hour on the reformer, there’s also no doubt that Pilates is a form of strength training! That’s why Pilates is so incredible – all those muscles buried deep (the ones you didn’t even know existed until you wake up the next morning!) get a workout of an hour on the treadmill doesn’t even come close to. This is essential for actually improving your overall health, not just looking slimmer.
Pilates is an excellent way to shape and tone your body. Lengthening your muscles by stretching and pulsing increases your flexibility too, which in turn improves your posture.
And finally, Pilates will help with anything that needs good alignment and a greater range of motion – so whether you’re lifting weights at the gym or unpacking groceries into your pantry, you’ll feel these activities become a bit easier and something you can recover from much faster. After all, Joseph Pilates himself created the exercise so you can ‘live your life with zest and vigour’.
Start one of our online Pilates programs on alternate days to your other workouts to give your muscles a chance to recover and repair.
Sure, Pilates isn’t the ultimate fat burning exercise. But, whether you’re cross-training or looking for a way to generally improve your health, there’s nothing like a class to start or end your day.