You’ve probably heard about celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow-and maybe even some of your friends-loving pilates. If you’re trying to lose weight and haven’t tried it yet, it may be your turn to become addicted to this exercise program.
Pilates is a great way to slim down and tone up because its main focus is strengthening the core muscles of the midsection. Dr. Howard Sichel, chiropractor and cofounder of Power Pilates, says the targeted movements help the body burn fat better. “The exercise improves neuromuscular coordination function, allowing for the proper firing of the muscles, which in turn improves metabolism.”
Pilates works to develop core strength by aligning and straightening the body from the center, out. Unlike traditional weight-training programs, pilates works the body as a whole. Every pilates exercise is a full-body exercise. Creating lean muscle mass, as pilates does, is one of the best ways to increase your calorie-burning potential.
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