We have experienced a couple of heat waves this summer and are still enjoying the sunshine and warmth. Some people find Pilates and other exercise very beneficial in the winter months, as their drive to exercise can be more to do with warming up the body up, away from the cold outdoors, and hopefully the bonus of some body changes. It seems in the summer months people tend to reduce the amount they exercise due to the weather heating up and seeing less need to warm up the body/muscles. We are all guilty of doing this i’m sure, however, here are a lot of eye-opening facts as to why it is still so important to keep that body warm and that blood flowing!
Pilates definitely gets the blood flowing, the oxygen pumping, and the body warm! The deep connection in the muscles enables the body to warm up from the deepest internals throughout, some may find themselves sweating within minutes of their session; due warm ups like the hundred. This is vital for the beginning of your session as the body heat helps to release tight muscle areas. Equipment Pilates aids this heating of the body/circulation even more so, due to the springs recruiting a deeper muscle connection. You can really benefit from private equipment sessions as we can tailor the exercises specifically to your areas of tightness; warm up correctly and release certain areas to maximise your abilities in the session.
Warm ups are also beneficial as once the class/session picks up tempo, your mind will have already been cleared and ready to focus on what’s to come. Another factor that justifies Pilates as a ‘mind-body’ form of exercise. Warm-up exercises are effective as a morning stretch routine, energising you for the day ahead, or a quick way to unwind after a stressful day!
Warming up and circulation: ‘You are literally pumping the nutrients that your body needs to succeed and thrive throughout your body, through your muscles and major organ groups. This helps your body function at its highest level, and it also allows you to engage in the active lifestyle that you are seeking without undue strain or tension.’ This is exactly how Pilates can help increase your metabolism, reduce digestion problems, reduce risks of injury, and lead you to much healthier lifestyle.
Symptoms of low blood circulation: feeling of numbness/tingling in joint endings, pain in external limbs, tiredness, feeling unmotivated, muscle cramp, dizziness, dry skin, even hair loss. Other more extreme symptoms include water retention in your feet, swelling, headaches, shortness of breath. ‘What’s more, a lack of good blood flow to your brain could cause memory loss. At extreme levels, lack of blood flow to the brain can cause a stroke or even a heart attack, which could have severe negative health effects, perhaps even fatal.’
So, we have established that all types of Pilates will reduce the risk of the symptoms listed above and create benefits to the body. However, if you are suffering from low blood circulation symptoms or have been advised that you might experience these at some point in time, then it is strongly advisable to take on some private reformer sessions. As mentioned at the start, a private session can be tailored especially to your needs and areas of the body that need extra focus on. The reformer will work deep in to the muscles and produce amazing results for you!