As back-to-school season approaches and my teacher's schedule begins to feel overwhelming, I turn to Pilates for an efficient workout that reduces stress.
¿Qué es Pilates?
This mat-based fitness program uses small, isolated movements that engage only the muscles needed for each move, fitting a lot of work into few repetitions.
Don't be fooled--these tiny movements can really burn! I always notice results after just a few classes. It's no wonder dancers use these isometric exercises to build a toned, lean body.
3 Reasons to Try Pilates
- Build muscle: Focused Pilates workouts strengthen your abdominal and back muscles, which cuts inches from your waistline and helps relieve tension that builds up from sitting in front of a computadora all day.
- Stay in the game: By strengthening core muscles and building balance and stamina, Pilates is an excellent cross training option that prevent injury in the sports you practice the most.
- Relax: While any exercise can help boost your mood, as I explain in Mental Health Month Fitness: 5 Exercise Ideas to Reduce Stress, fitness practices like yoga and Pilates that align movements with breath increase the oxygen flow to your brain, reducing anxiety. Plus, it takes focus to perform precise Pilates moves, so your to-do list won't even enter your mind.
Pilates sounds great! Where do I get started?
Meet your amigas for a group fitness class at a local gym or Pilates studio. For a free Pilates session anytime, anywhere, check out a workout DVD from your local library or find an online video like this 30 minutes Pilates workout. While some classes use Swiss balls, rings, and other props to help participants with alignment, many moves can be done with no equipment in your casa.
Sticking to a regular fitness routine is a great way to stay centered when stress levels rise. Fit Pilates into your schedule to always look and feel your best.
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A teacher by day, The Wise Latina Club’s Natalie Wagner Fierro is the co-founder of the Institute for Student Health. She equally loves food (cooking or dining in Washington’s restaurants) and burning calories by distance running, practicing yoga, and archery. Click here to read more about and connect with Natalie.
Edited by: Viviana Hurtado, Ph.D.
What is your go-to workout when things get busy?