Sadly, most of us have been touched by heart disease in some way. Now is the perfect time to focus on your heart health and make a commitment to do so all year long.
All of us could be doing more to take care of our hearts. The good news is that whilst Pilates on it’s own may not have a direct cardiovascular benefit, Pilates for stress relief is great for the heart.
Pilates workouts that don’t include a cardio component (unlike those at qpilates) might not be strenuous enough to significantly raise your heart rate like walking, running, and swimming do. They do still promote well-being by focusing on flexibility and relaxation.
Joseph Pilates himself extolled the virtues of Pilates exercises for the heart. He stated that they help the heart pump do it’s job more forcefully and efficiently, clearing toxins in the body that are created by fatigue and stress.
This means that “the bloodstream is forced to carry and discharge more and more of the accumulated debris created by fatigue.”
Pilates training is ideal for people who’ve been told they can’t or shouldn’t engage in strenuous exercise, for fear of stressing their hearts – for instance those who have been diagnosed with AF (Atrial Fibrillation)
Since many positions are done, lying, standing, seated or reclining, Pilates workouts are generally low-impact and gentler on the body.