written by
Leslie Hughes

Do You Struggle to Relax? Try Pilates

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We live in such a hectic and busy world these days that sometimes it can feel like relaxing is the most difficult part of our days.

However, not relaxing and spending your days as a ball of stress has some serious short-term and long-term effects on your body that are not going to bode well.

Instead of letting your stress continue to build up, turn to Pilates to help you wind down and de-stress from the other parts of your day.

Not sure how Pilates can do this? Read on to find out.

How Pilates Can Help You Relax

Slow Movement

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Rather than rushing through movements like many exercises do, Pilates is very slow and intentional and requires serious focus to get the benefits of this difficult workout. This forces you to become more aware of your body and how it moves, as well as how it feels as you’re working through the different movements.

This is a great way to decompress stress, as you are diverting your attention from the external sources that are causing you stress, and you are looking internally at yourself and your body, and how it is moving.

Breathing

You’ve got to have your breath on-point when you’re doing Pilates, and that breathwork is a great way to help soothe your nervous system. By focusing on your breath, other stresses will seem to fade away. Breath work is a great way to make you feel calm and able to handle stressful things that may come your way in a healthy manner.

Confidence

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Pilates is a great confidence booster, as it is one of the workouts that provides the fastest results. You can see what the hard work you’re putting in on the machine is doing for your body more quickly than other exercises, and that added confidence can help to combat any stress you may be having.

The Takeaway

If stress is starting to get the better of you, consider turning to Pilates. Not only will this workout help you relieve your stress in and out of class, it will help give you tools to handle stress when it comes up.

Need help in beating your stress?

Come take a class at Konnect Pilates to de-stress today.

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