The Health Benefits Of Pilates

(whoosh) (soft instrumental music) In today's motivation to move, we're gonna talk about an exercise that has plenty of benefits So I am at Club Pilates in Wicker Park with Linda, to find out why we should all be doing Pilates

Linda, first of all, what exactly is Pilates? – So, Pilates is a method of exercise that lengthens and strengthens your muscles, from the core out It's an exercise method that Joseph Pilates started in World War I, it started as a rehab So every exercise you do connects to the core Each exercise is done with control (light instrumental music) – There are so many more benefits to Pilates

So your core strength, posture, alignment Tell me why those are important – Because we live in this very hunched over society where we're looking at our cell phones all the time, we do exercises that counteract that We work the deep abdominal muscles When you have strong core muscles, you tend to stand erect, your alignment is better, your posture is better

And when your posture's better, your confidence is better Because the movements are very concentrated, and done with control, you learn how to move safely – Is Pilates good for all ages, and any level of fitness? – So it is really for everybody We can modify every exercise to fit your needs and goals – Really excited to try this

(upbeat instrumental music) Okay, so I am on a thing called a reformer, is that correct? – Yes, you are (laughs) We're gonna go chest expansion – [Jane] Okay – And so I'm gonna have you hold the straps where the tape is, so your palms are facing in, and you're gonna exhale, bring those arms all the way back behind you, hold them there (groans) Turn your head to the right, turn your head to the left, back to center, and slowly bring your arms forward

– [Jane] Whoa – That's the flow – [Jane] Exercise two also involved plenty of control – We're gonna criss-cross the straps, and you're gonna still hold the straps where the tape is Knuckle to knuckle, palms facing down, right at your sternum

You're gonna sit up really tall, and you're gonna bring those elbows behind you, retracting the scapula, and slowly bring them back knuckle to knuckle This is like a little row I'm gonna add on, you're gonna go one at a time Looking straight ahead for the first couple Now, you're gonna look over your shoulder and do a rotation

– [Jane] The last one is all about extension – Lie prone, which is on your belly, facing the foot bar Your hands are gonna be right in line with your shoulders Feet are gonna be about hip distance apart, and you're gonna reach through those legs You're gonna go into a full swan, and that's an extension

So you're gonna inhale as you press out to flat back Now your shoulders and scapula are gonna come down your back as you press into your palms and lift that chest up, bringing that carriage all the way in with nice straight arms – Linda, these exercises are great So let's just recap what we learned today about Pilates, and I think that is, there are tons of benefits, not only physically, but benefits we can bring into our everyday life – Yes, and Joseph Pilates wanted us to do just that

To take the movement, take the breath, and take that into your everyday life – Thanks so much, Linda We love motivating you to move, so for more inspiration, just head to our Instagram at livinghealthytv (whoosh)

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