Does Pilates Practice Improve Life Quality?
“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness,” posited Joseph Pilates in his book Return to Life Through Contrology, first published in 1945. A recent observational study of Pilates practitioners provides support for his position.
Researchers from Gama Filho University in Rio de Janeiro surveyed 74 Pilates practitioners. The purpose was to determine whether consistent practice of Pilates over time improved quality of life. Investigators divided participants into three groups: beginners (up to 3 months); experienced practitioners (over 1 year); and former participants (people who had quit practicing).
Experienced practitioners scored higher in physical function, in general health and in mental-health quality of life, compared with other survey participants. Study authors concluded that Pilates practice was associated with better quality of life.
The findings appeared in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (2013; 17 , 483–87).
For the latest research, statistics, sample classes, and more, "Like" IDEA on Facebook here.
© 2014 by IDEA Health & Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited.
IDEA Newsletter Sign-up
|Extreme Interval Training
In this course you'll learn goal-focused intervals and over 50 dynamic exercises and drills to create extensive and intensive training formats.
|Cut to the Core
This is a raw, unedited video filmed live at the 2009 IDEA World Fitness Convention™. Cut to the Core is packed full of core-focused exercises that aim to improve the way you look, feel and live.
|September 2011 IDEA Fitness Journal Quiz 4: Plyometric Training
This continuing education quiz is an in-depth look at plyometric training. Plyometric exercises—jumping, bounding, hopping, arm pushing, and catching and throwing weighted objects such as machine balls—are movements that involve rapid eccentric and concentric muscle actions.