Getting started with any type of exercise or physical activity can be intimidating. In such situations, people often get confused about what to do and what not to. The same applies when they sign up for a Pilates class. After all, people tend to get influenced by their favourite celebrities, who posting social media content while 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 essential to keep some key points in mind before trying it out.
So, here are some do’s and don’ts that one must follow before signing-up for your Pilates class:
Things you should not forget while going for Pilates class:
1. Don’t be in a hurry
Pilates is not like a high intensity cardio workout, where increasing the speed means instant calorie burn. Rather, it helps you to gain core strength, flexibility, stronger muscles gradually with the right amount of balance. In fact, don’t rush. Otherwise, you can end up getting injured or the muscles can get overstretched.
Pilates requires a lot of core strength. In such a situation, if you are not taking care of the breathing technique taught by the instructor, then you can get hurt easily. Breathing plays a crucial role in Pilates. So don’t hold your breath and learn how to breathe properly.
3. Don’t expect quick results
If you are thinking that by opting for Pilates, you’ll see instant results, you may be mistaken. It can take a while for your body to adapt itself. Everything takes time and Pilates is all about taking one step ahead at a time. And in the process, you can even lose weight. Don’t expect dramatic changes in your body. Weight loss can be one of your goals, but you shouldn’t focus solely on it. The changes will first be visible in your muscles and then eventually you’ll see yourself losing weight.
Things you should keep in you mind while doing Pilates
1. Check your form
It is the main rule of doing any kind of exercise. You have to retain your form. If your body posture is not correct, you will not get any benefit. So make sure your body posture is on point.
2. Wear the right clothes
Wear fitted clothing such as leggings, capris or yoga pants. It will allow your trainer to see your body posture and check if it’s correct or not. This will make you feel comfortable during Pilates. Plus, it will help you to exercise in a better way.
3. Tell the trainer if you’re in trouble
If you feel any discomfort during Pilates, tell your trainer straight away. Otherwise you may get hurt a lot. Also, don’t try to move too quickly. It can also be fatal for you.