Pilates is gaining popularity as a fitness trend, and for good reason.
Experts say the yoga-like stretching exercises help strengthen the bones and muscles and boost the quality of life.
Healthista has teamed up with David Kingsbury, founder of boutique gym OPUS to create a 3-part series of 20-minute Pilates workouts for strength, posture, and tone.
If you are trying to develop strength while toning in your training and looking to improve balance, posture, and flexibility all at the same time, then Pilates is a low impact workout that could be missing in your fitness program.
Founder of London gym, OPUS, David Kingsbury has put together three selective workouts that don’t require equipment and can be done at home.
Pilates is a perfect fit for working out the many muscles involved in good posture
Improving posture isn’t an easy task, but Pilates-based exercises are often the most effective tools in your box.
You often require no equipment and the exercises can be done anywhere with very little space and only a short commitment.
The aim here is to stretch out the large muscles in the legs and back using movements that extend the legs and straighten and strengthen the back.
Because we are enforcing stretches with these big muscle groups we can also expect to improve our flexibility.
1. Cat-cow stretch strengthens the spine and neck in two steps
2. Stretching out your shoulder blades improves posture and flexibility
3. Engage the core muscles that support your back with Pilates abs exercises
4. Bridges and reverse planks work your lower back and help stabilize your core
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