Pilates is an exercise system created in the 1920s to help alleviate back pain by strengthening your core. A strong core is key to supporting your lower back, and a well supported lower back will help reduce degeneration and back pain casued by bad posture. Having a strong core is important, but there is no point having a strong core if you do not know how to use it to support your posture.
Your ‘core’ is a series of intricate muscles forming a girdle-type support frame around your ‘centre’. Imagine a 3D image of your muscular ‘girdle’ including your lower abdominals, transverse abdminals, back muscles, diaphragm and pelvic floor…and many more deeper muscles.
Most sports done to a reasonable level require a strong core. Having a ‘strong core’ is not about being able to hold a plank for 3 minutes every day, it is about being able to use your core through dynamic movements and using it to support your back and have good habitual posture on a daily basis.
Pilates During and Post Pregnancy
Pilates during pregnancy is a very effective exercise option during pregnancy because it is strengthening without raising your heart rate or body temperature.