As ever more we sit down and stare at screens for a living, back pain is becoming more and more a part of modern life. Humans are supposed to move, bend, twist and move around, not sit hunched in an office chair for 12 hours of the day. In this technological era, we have gone from a species that is dependent on our bodies to one that relies on our brains.
And the damage we are doing to our bodies is profound.
The latest Health and Safety Executive figures here in the UK show nearly 10 million working days are lost each year for adults aged 25 to 64 because of back pain, costing the economy £12 billion a year. It is said that around 80% of us will suffer from back pain.
Pilates and Yoga are increasingly seen as crucial weapons in the war against back pain. Pilates is a western invention that focuses on strength and Yoga is eastern one that places great value on flexibility.
What exactly is Pilates?
Pilates is a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements. Pilates emphasizes proper postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance. Pilates is named for its creator, Joseph Pilates, who developed the exercises in the 1920s.
A Pilates routine generally includes exercises that promote core strength and stability, muscle control and endurance, including exercises that stress proper posture and movement patterns and balanced flexibility and strength.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
By practicing Pilates regularly, you can achieve a number of health benefits, including:
Improved core strength and stability
Improved posture and balance
Prevention and treatment of back pain
Can beginners do Pilates?
It’s a common misconception that Pilates is only for serious athletes or professional dancers. While these groups first adopted Pilates, they aren’t the only ones who can benefit from this approach to strength training. Another common misconception is that Pilates requires specialized equipment. Maybe you’ve seen a Pilates apparatus — called a Reformer — that looks like a bed frame with a sliding carriage and adjustable springs, or perhaps you’ve seen a type of trapeze table. But, don’t let those machines intimidate you. The reality is that many Pilates exercises can be done on the floor with just a mat.
First Prize for me when learning something new is the DVD/video, especially when it comes to exercises. I often find it difficult to execute/copy exercises from a book. I want to see the real thing where I have a teacher who can show me how to do it correctly, and over and over and over again if needs be. Your own personal coach/teacher who talks to you and demonstrates. My biggest fear is to take an exercise from a book and then execute it incorrectly over and over again without knowing it. That could be doing more harm than good !
My partner who is now in her 60’s (both of us) has been doing Pilates for a number of years now and she swears by it. She is only able to get to a class once a week (Mondays) but what we decided this year was that 15 mins before she goes up for her bath, she and I would do a few Pilates exercises together. She has the knowledge and so has become my teacher. And then during the day we fit our own short sessions in when and if we can, and 90% of the time we can 🙂
So hear are a few DVD’s which I have chosen for you should you be wanting to get into Pilates
If you are interested in finding out more regarding each video/dvd, simply click on the text below each one.
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