Developed by Joseph Pilates at the end of World War I, Pilates was primarily used as rehabilitation for wounded soldiers. Over the decades, this amazing yet realistic workout discipline has gained popularity across the world. Read along to know how this discipline can improve your health.

Pilates emphasizes on proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment and concentration on smooth, flowing movement. This helps exercisers gain better control over their body. In Pilates, the quality of movement is given more importance over quantity of repetitions. Proper breathing is important and it can help you execute movements with maximum power and efficiency.

Pilates target the core or center of body. The core consists of deep abdominal muscles and muscles closest to spine. Control of the core is achieved by integrating the trunk, pelvis and shoulder girdle.

Regular workouts are weight bearing and tend to build short, bulky muscles and are prone to injury. However, Pilates stretches and strengthens muscles, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility. A balanced and flexible body is less prone to injury.

This incredible exercise routine can create an evenly conditioned body, improve sports performance and prevent injuries. As conventional workouts tend to work the same muscles, it often leads to weak muscles getting weaker and strong muscles becoming stronger. The consequence is muscular imbalance which is a leading cause of injury and chronic back pain. Pilates conditions the complete body, including the ankles and feet. No muscle group is over-trained or under-trained. A person’s entire musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned, helping him/ her enjoy daily activities and sports with greater ease, better performance and less chance of injury. That’s why so many professional athletes now use Pilates as a crucial part of their training regimen.

Add to that, Pilates exercises train several muscle groups at once in smooth, continuous movements. By developing the right technique, you can actually retrain the body to move in safer, more efficient patterns of motion – invaluable for injury recovery, sports performance, good posture and perfect health. Moreover, as many of the exercises are performed in reclining or sitting positions, they tend to be low impact and partially weight bearing. Pilates is such a safe option, it is used in physical therapy facilities to rehabilitate injuries.