Getting started with any type of exercise or physical activity can be intimidating. In such a situation, people often get confused what to do and what not to do. The same applies when they sign up for a Pilates class. Eventually, people get influenced by their favorite celebrities, who post social media content doing Pilates effortlessly. But they forget that like every other exercise, Pilates comes with its own set of risks.
Pilates is beneficial for toning the body, gaining flexibility, strengthening your core muscles, and even losing weight. But it is very important to keep some important points in mind before trying it.
So, here are some dos and don’ts that you should follow before signing-up for your Pilates class:
Things you should not forget while going for Pilates class:
1. Don’t rush
Pilates is not like a high-intensity cardio workout, where increasing speed means burning calories instantly. Rather, it helps you gradually gain core strength, flexibility, stronger muscles with just the right amount of balance. In fact, don’t rush. Otherwise, you could get injured or the muscles could be overstretched.
Pilates requires a lot of core strength. In such a situation, if you are not paying attention to the breathing techniques taught by the instructor, then you can easily get hurt. Breathing plays an important role in Pilates. So don’t hold your breath and learn to breathe properly.
3. Don’t Expect Quick Results
If you are thinking that by choosing Pilates, you will see results immediately, you may be wrong. It may take some time for your body to adapt on its own. Everything takes time and Pilates is all about taking it one step at a time. And in the process you can also lose weight. Don’t expect dramatic changes in your body. Losing weight may be one of your goals, but you shouldn’t be the only one focusing on it. Changes will first be visible in your muscles and then eventually you will see your weight loss.
What you should keep in mind while doing Pilates
1. Check Your Form
This is the main rule of doing any type of exercise. You have to retain your form. If your body posture is not correct then you will not get any benefit. So make sure your body is on the pose point.
2. Wear the Right Clothes
Wear fitted clothing such as leggings, capris or yoga pants. This will allow your trainer to see your body posture and check if it is correct. This will make you feel comfortable during Pilates. Plus, it will help you exercise in a better way.
3. Tell the Trainer If You’re in Trouble
If you feel any discomfort during Pilates, tell your trainer right away. Otherwise you may get hurt a lot. Also, try not to move too fast. It can also be fatal for you.