Are long and stressfull hours in front of the computer a part of your daily lifestyle? Then we suggest you make pilates (pronouched as pee-laa-teys) a part of your routine too. For this form of exercise could well be your solution to the posture problems and weight-gain issues that have been plaguing you for long.
In a conversation with DNA, Stott Pilate’s trainer Anjali Sareen speaks at length about the influence this form of exercise has on your mind and body.
“Pilates is a mind-body exercise system that focuses on building core strength, balanced muscles and better posture. The focus is on creating greater flexibility and an increased range of movement at the joints. Strengthening the back, abdomen and hips to make our daily movement patterns efficient is the main idea. A strong core provides a stable framework, which in turn ensures that the neck and shoulders are relaxed and the lower back does not stiffen,” says Anjali.
For starters, a good 45 minutes twice-a-week session is advisable for results to show. “The encouraging bit is that pilates are turning out to be an addiction among many of my clients. They are seen exercising three-four times a week. Pilates is increasingly making people aware of their body. The fact that there are over 1,000 pilates exercises makes sure that the sessions don’t get repetitive and this is also pushing people to work out more often. It is a very intelligent and scientific form of exercise and thus, is gaining popularity,” adds Anjali.
The sessions are both machine and mat-based. Pilates can be done as an exercise on its own or can be integrated with other fitness programmes.
Better performances can be achieved in a wide range of activities such as horse riding, tennis, golf, cricket, swimming, running, basketball and cycling, for instance. From functional fitness, post injury rehabs to pre- and post- natal need, the exercise caters to various requirements.
“Stott Pilates is a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates,” Anjali explains and adds that “the breathing patterns followed in pilates exercises also ensure high energy levels and faster recovery measures for muscles.”
And do diet plans need to be integrated into the pilates regime? “We do not enforce a diet, however depending on the client’s requirements we may suggest changes in the eating patterns,” she answers.
Pilates packages are available at The Zone Mind and Body Studio in Koramangala and Whitefield and are priced between Rs450 and Rs1,350. Anjali, also being the only Stott Pilates instructor trainer in India offers teaching courses to individuals interested in certifying as instructors.
Stott Pilates is a Canada-based premier Pilates education provider and equipment manufacturer.