Fight Obesity with Pilates
Edited by Nerissa Avisado, Lynn, Eng, Nuance and 2 others
Obesity is not beautiful by modern day's standards. The female images painted by classic artists during the Renaissance period can be classified as moderately obese, and back then, that body shape was considered beautiful. That is not the case in today's society where you cannot be "too rich or too thin." Many would disagree, but in on the silver screen, television and on every magazine cover - thin is in.
Obesity is not beautiful in this century. People who carry too much weight are plagued by many health and psychological issues. They live with discomforts triggered by medical conditions that set in due to obesity. Excessive weight can trap them in a body that cannot do the things they want it to do, and robs them of quality life, time and even simple joys. Consider how few obese people you see over the age of seventy.
On to Pilates
There are many ways to melt those calories that end up as unsightly bulges, but this will entail a program that includes a sensible diet, a healthy lifestyle, and a physical fitness routine - or at least a regular physical activity. This is where Pilates comes in. You can definitely fight obesity with Pilates if you can combine Pilates with the other elements of healthy living.
If you read the biography of Joseph Pilates, you will realize his motivations when he developed this exercise system. A child with frail health, he matured and grew old, and was extremely fit. He lived the wisdom and faith in physical fitness - "Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness." - Joseph Pilates (1883 - 1967).
How Pilates Solve Weight Issues
- 1The Dilemma.
- Think of them as trapped in a vicious cycle that is pushing them deeper into their weight problem.
- It is not that they don't want to exercise; they just can't do the exercises without much difficulty and embarrassment.
- They feel too heavy to bend, jog, or lift their appendages for long.
- They shy away from it, and they are pushed harder towards idleness and a sedentary lifestyle, depression, cooped up in homes where they eat more and gain more pounds.
- Often, the more critical people around them are of them, the worse it becomes.
- 2There's a Way Out.Pilates:
- Making a difference. The use of Pilates exercise equipment such as Reformer, Pilates ball, Cadillac, and foam rollers make the physical activity more attainable. These help overweight users to do the routine with greater ease than many other kinds of exercise.
- Modifications lead to flexibility. Pilates is also known to be an exercise system that allows modifications to be done to meet the needs of a person suffering from obesity. There are ways to make the adjustments to facilitate building the strength and endurance of the body.
Appreciating Anatomical Issues of Obesity
If you have an excessive weight problem and you want to start a physical activity program, there are some facts about obesity that you need to understand.
- 1Weak and slackened muscles.
- 2Bad posture and alignment.
Weight Goals that Pilates Must Aim to Attain
In view of these anatomical issues, Pilates instructors who are sensitive to the plight of their heavier clients must design a program of workouts that will help their overweight students achieve their health objectives. These goals can likely be attained with the following strategies:
- 1Educate your heavier clients about their bodies.
The Principles of Pilates: Addressing Obesity Issues
As a person with weight problems begins to understand the anatomical issues that explain a lot about the physical difficulties of a larger person, they may warm up to the idea of doing Pilates. They also may start becoming comfortable with the idea of exercising. As they embark and become more involved with Pilates, they start with the early phase of reformation through recombining the mind and the body. It is in this area where you can expect the five principles of Pilates to be at work, not only for physical strength and stamina, but also for attaining a certain kind of wholeness essential for true fitness.
The Five Principles of Pilates
Tips and Tricks: Sample Pilates Exercises
For people who need a set of safe Pilates exercises, here are a few basic Pilates movements for you.
- 1Strengthen Transversus Abdominis. Practice correct body posture by sitting on a platform extender located on top of a reformer, a popular Pilates equipment. Make sure to keep your spine and pelvis neutral.Improve your alignment.
- 2Here the client lies flat on a Pilates Edge while a foam cushion is held between their knees.Strengthen Abs.
- 3The overweight client can do this while lying flat on a foam roller. The feet must be planted on the floor while the arms are open to the sides of the body to lengthen the pectorals or the front of the chest.Workout for the pectorals.
- 4To accomplish this, get the client to sit on the reformer box; get him or her comfortable there. To successfully do the "Back Rowing on Reformer" let the shoulders rest and let the palms face forward, while the pelvis and spine are neutral.Develop the rhomboids.
- 5This exercise is done while lying flat on the back and with feet on arc barrel. Place the foam cushion between knees and keep the hips stretched in a bridge position.Work those hamstrings and gluteals through Hip Rolls:
Sound easy? It is because Joseph Pilates envisioned that his exercise system will leave the practitioners feeling more good than tired. If that isn't enough to convince the overweight that this is a system to try, read his thoughts: Physical Fitness Is The First Requisite Of Happiness. If you want to give this exercise system a try and you want to fight obesity with Pilates, it is time to leave your couch and start moving that body.