Is PILATES good for weight loss ?

Pilates has been known for its benefits in increasing flexibility, improve posture, toning the body and improve joint mobility.

Pilates exercise

Pilates is a form of exercise and as any exercise it will help in burning some calories.

Pilates exercises mainly target the back, abdominal and hip muscles and they use the body’s own weight and resistance to work the specific muscles. Exercises are meant to be performed slowly and in a controlled fashion. In its theory, it teaches the body how to use its own mechanisms to recruit the ‘core’ muscles throughout the body.

Originally Pilates was popular with dancers and in rehabilitation. As with everything else, Pilates have evolved through the years and there are a number of different techniques and schools teaching slightly different variations.

Good for low back pain

Studies do suggest that they may provide positive results for the treatment of non-specific low back pain.

Increase flexibility and movement

Some studies have also looked into other aspects of injury rehabilitation such post hip injury treatment. In general, they are believed to help increase flexibility and range of movement.

Better posture

Helps with improving posture. This can have both health and appearance benefits.

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“One study suggests that one hour of Pilates exercises can use between 241 to 421 kcal. The amount of calories used will depend both on the individual and the intensity of the exercise, so we will treat this as an average guide rather than a stepping stone. Even so, it is clear that it in comparison to other forms of exercise it is not the most calorie efficient.”
(Calorie Secrets)
Come and talk to me if you have any concerns or want to find out more about how Pilates can help you.