There are many people today who are trying to lose weight and one way of achieving this goal is Pilates. The found of Pilates, Joseph Pilates once said “I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercise. They’d be happier”. Pilates improves muscle tone, balances musculature, supports correct posture, and teaches one to move with ease and grace. However, this exercise consists of principles such as concentration which needs intense focus. Control, is when you are to regulate every aspect of movement, for instance, muscle control. The focal point is flow or efficiency of movement. This is as a result of Pilates flowing movement outward from a strong core. Breathing, as Joseph says, “Above all, learn to breathe correctly”. He attempts to properly coordinate this breathing practice with movement. It is beneficial for improving balance, lumbar stabilization and flexibility, lower back pain, and pelvic floor dysfunction.
Pilates few moves that will shrink your belly fat:
1) Toe Dip: this step is performed by you lying on your back with your legs up and bent at 90 degrees – thighs straight up and calves parallel to the floor. Rest your hands at your sides, palms down. Keep your abs contracted and press your flower back toward the floor. Inhale and lower your left leg for a count of two down, down, moving only from your hip and dipping your toes toward the floor but not letting them touch. Exhale and raise your leg back to the starting position for a count of two up, up. Then repeat with your right leg and continue alternating until you’ve done 12 steps with each leg.
2) Leg Circle: Lie on you back with your legs extended along the floor. Raise your left leg toward the ceiling, with toes pointed and hands at your sides, palms down. Hold for 10 to 60 seconds. Make a small circle on the ceiling with your left toes, rotating your leg from your hip. Inhale as you begin the circle and exhale as you finish. Keep your body as still as possible-no rocking – by tightening your abs. Do six circles, and then reverse direction for six moves. Repeat with your other leg.
3) Crisscross: starts as in the Toe Dip but with your hands behind your head, elbows out to the sides. Curl up to raise your head, neck, and shoulders off the floor.
As you inhale, rotate your torso to the right, bringing your right knee and left shoulder toward each other and extending you left leg toward the ceiling in a diagonal line from your hips. As you exhale, rotate to the left, bringing your left knee toward your right shoulder and extending your right leg. Do this step six steps.
These are a few steps that are intense. However, show some difference and benefit your cardio. Although, you should start off doing less than increase as you get better so you get used to these exercises.