Saturday, 30 August 2014

5 amazing benefits of Pilates & Yoga

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Yoga Pilates and yoga are two of the greatest workouts for not only girls, but guys too. There are amazing health benefits that stem from doing these kind of work outs, so there are plenty of reasons to take it up – aside from the fact you’ll get a great body! If you want to get started but don’t have any of the equipment, you can get everything you need from a sporting and health retailer like Optomo Australia . Keep reading to find out how your body will benefit from undertaking Pilates and/or yoga as your new favourite workout!


1. Cardiovascular, Digestive & Nervous Systems

It’s been discovered that regular yoga and Pilates sessions help to normalise blood pressure and improve cardiovascular fitness and circulation. Yoga gives the heart a work out equivalent to going for a brisk walk. Due to the normalised blood pressure and circulation, your digestive system also benefits – it can help to speed up a system that is usually slow. All of these things work to benefit your nervous system – the improved blood flow helps to calm your body and soothe your nervous system. 


2. Body Strength

Most people find that their bodies strengthen a substantial amount after commencing regular yoga and Pilates classes. On average, after doing yoga for 6 weeks (three times a week) most people will then be able to do roughly 6 more push ups and 14 more curl ups. Those engaging in Pilates have found similar results: Pilates is great for strengthening core, abdominal muscles. Pilates is known to be 310% more effective for being able to strengthen and tighten the more difficult obliques. The best thing about these two workouts is that they add strength without adding bulk to your body – which is why dancers love to do them! 


3. Flexibility

Yoga and Pilates are great for gaining flexibility due to the structured postures involved. The gentle stretching is great for releasing muscle tension and stiffness too. Regular yoga participants are able to see their flexibility boost by approximately 24%. Pilates improves flexibility as well, particularly in areas such as hamstrings, hip and back. As well as flexibility, yoga and Pilates also work to fix your posture and give your body a taller, leaner look. 


4. Musculoskeletal

As well as general strength and flexibility, Pilates and yoga have great musculoskeletal benefits. The poses done in both exercises move your joints through their complete range of motion, which aids in mobility and eases the pressure on joints. Reduced back pain is another noticeable benefit of doing Pilates and yoga. It also helps to prevent osteoporosis, and provides relief for those already diagnosed. 


5. Mental Benefits

As Pilates and yoga requires so much focus and control , most people find that they are a lot less stressed after commencing regular classes. As they are less stressed, they find that sleeping is a lot easier and their mood is improved. Yoga and Pilates are also great for people with ailments such as cancer, depression or chronic pain, as they find they become much less fatigued. 

Pilates and Yoga have so many benefits – so start classes today! You’ll be a regular at your local classes in no time!

Do you do either?

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26 comments:

  1. I used to do pilates every day and within a few weeks I felt so much better inside and my body looked more toned almost straight away! I'm not a fan of yoga though, I don't feel it's strenuous enough on its own, match it with a jog later in the day and then maybe it'll work better x

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  2. I really need to do yoga :o This is amazing !



    creepersandcupcakes.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. I used to do pilates twice a week but haven't been in months, I need to get back into it x

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  4. I love the sound of pilates, must really try and find a studio here in Munich... :)

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  5. I didn't get on at all with Yoga but am hopefully starting Pilates this Autumn to help my back.

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  6. Very nice and different post.. I haven't tried yoga..after reading this post am thinking about giving it a try...

    Love ur blog...and following it right now...Keep posting :)

    The Lipstickholic



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  7. I don't think my body is in the stat that I could do either - I struggle to do a sit up

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  8. I've done Pilates everyday for two months now and I feel so much stronger! I also love doing the stretches. :)

    Olivia x Beauty from the Fjord

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  9. I really want to do pilates or yoga as my body creaks but I'm never without a child to have the freedom to do it.

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  10. I have done pilates a few times. I would like to start again, but difficult with looking after Baby x

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  11. Not tried either....keep meaning to as hear about so many benefits

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  12. i love doing yoga. it definitely makes me relaxed and refreshed

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  13. Honestly never considered doing pilates but I've seen the wonderful Blogilates all over the place showing everyone how it's done! I am tempted by it as the benefits sound fab. Would love to be a bit stronger (Frail arms :'D)

    Tamsyn-Elizabeth
    Peach Pow XO

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  14. Interesting post. I've never really considered it before but it sounds like it could be the perfect kind of exercise for me!

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  15. I've never considered yoga or pilates before but it's definitely something I'd think about now x x

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  16. I need to start doing yoga again. It makes me feel so relaxed :)

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  17. I resist really want to get back into Pilates as I feel it does me the world of good!
    Felicity kelly

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  18. I follow on GFC flickabella1 and I commented on Pilates and yoga post

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  19. I used ti do Pilates, but haven't for years

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  20. I think pilates and yoga would be a great addition to my current workout routine to encourage better flexibility. I just need to find a class that fits in with everything else. x

    Keeley x
    www.phatcupcake.com

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  21. I would love to do pilates. I've done yoga in the past and really enjoyed it but I'd love to give pilates a go

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  22. I used to love doing yoga, I actually miss it and often wonder if just a little may help - I will have to perhaps ask a professional :) x

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  23. I cannot get my head around pilates or yoga - just doesn't seem to do anything for me

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  24. I love the sound of yoga something I have wanted to try for a long time.

    Sophie
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    www.pocockins.co.uk

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  25. I used to do yoga quite regularly a few years ago. I really must find the time to restart as it has so many positives.

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