Can Pilates help me lose weight?
Pilates isn’t an effective activity for losing weight on its own. However, when undertaken as part of a varied activity schedule it can support weight loss and give a more streamlined appearance. If you want to lose weight you should combine Pilates with a healthy, balanced, calorie controlled diet and some aerobic activities, such as swimming, walking, running/jogging and cycling.
Do I have to be fit to do Pilates?
No. Pilates is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. It is a gentle way of raising your activity levels, especially if you have poor mobility, aches and pains or an injury.
Pilates can be adapted to raise the fitness levels of someone less active, equally it can challenge someone very fit.
Before starting any exercise programme it’s advisable to seek advice from your GP if you have any health concerns, such as a health condition or an injury.
Can I injure myself doing Pilates?
Pilates is a gentle, low-impact form of exercise. Injuries are uncommon. However, it’s important that you find a qualified teacher and a class suitable to your level to ensure that the routines aren’t too challenging.
If you don’t exercise already or you’re recovering from injury, it’s advisable to check with your GP and the Pilates teacher before starting a class.