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Some of the Benefits of Pilates

Pilates can truly change your life for the better.  For example, Pilates:

  • Helps you live longer: working your muscles vigorously 2-3 times a week halves you chance of dying of any cause in the next ten years (1).

  • Is the most effective exercise for back pain (2).

  • Makes your muscles longer and leaner: working muscles at long muscle lengths decreases cross-sectional area and increases fibre length compared to working at short ranges of motion (3).

  • Will make you happier: as little as ten minutes per week of exercise increases happiness (4).

  • Calms your mind and lifts your spirit (5).

   

Caroline Churchill Pilates

References:

(1) Kraschnewski, J.L., Sciamanna, C.N., Poger, J.M., Rovniak, L.S., Lehman, E.B., Cooper, A.B., Ballentine, N.H. and Ciccolo, J.T., 2016. Is strength training associated with mortality benefits? A 15 year cohort study of US older adults. Preventive medicine, 87, pp.121-127.
(2) Hayden, J.A., Ellis, J., Ogilvie, R., Stewart, S.A., Bagg, M.K., Stanojevic, S., Yamato, T.P. and Saragiotto, B.T., 2021. Some types of exercise are more effective than others in people with chronic low back pain: a network meta-analysis. Journal of physiotherapy, 67(4), pp.252-262.

(3) Valamatos, M.J., Tavares, F., Santos, R.M., Veloso, A.P. and Mil-Homens, P., 2018. Influence of full range of motion vs. equalized partial range of motion training on muscle architecture and mechanical properties. European journal of applied physiology, 118(9), pp.1969-1983.
(4) Zhang, Z. and Chen, W., 2019. A systematic review of the relationship between physical activity and happiness. Journal of happiness studies, 20(4), pp.1305-1322.

(5) Firth, J., Solmi, M., Wootton, R.E., Vancampfort, D., Schuch, F.B., Hoare, E., Gilbody, S., Torous, J., Teasdale, S.B., Jackson, S.E. and Smith, L., 2020. A meta‐review of “lifestyle psychiatry”: the role of exercise, smoking, diet and sleep in the prevention and treatment of mental disorders. World Psychiatry, 19(3), pp.360-380.

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