Had a few too many chocolate Easter bunnies this year?
A common question we get here on the Pilates floor is how can this form of exercise help me to lose weight? The simple truth is that our body is like a Calorie Bank, that either adds or withdraws from our fat deposits based on the amount of calories we consume (deposit) versus the calories we burn off (spend). If we are consuming more calories than we are burning off then we will be adding to our fat deposits over time. If we are burning off more calories than we are consuming then we will be withdrawing from our fat deposits and gradually losing weight. So any exercise you do will be helping you burn off more calories and helping you tip the scales in the direction of weight loss.
Pilates is a form of resistance training that helps you build long lean muscles. Pilates will improve your muscle tone, improving both your overall strength and endurance. Improved muscle tone is one of the key ingredients for weight loss. Muscles burn more energy (Calories) than fat, therefore the more lean muscle mass your body contains the greater the calorie burning ability you have. Improving your muscle tone will help boost your weight loss efforts tremendously.
As well as the weight loss and muscle toning benefits of Pilates it is also great for flexibility, relaxation and rehabilitation of injuries. Try a class today!
(Clinical Pilates Instructor, Remedial Massage Therapist)