At some point or other in our lives, many of us fall prey to poor posture and forget to put time and energy into strengthening our core. We're constantly on our iPhones, slumped over at our desks, or sitting on a couch at a coffee shop with a laptop on our laps. With a modern world that lends itself to constant hunching, working on strengthening our core is the key to improved confidence, overall strength, and injury prevention.
Pilates has been around since founder Joseph Pilates invented it in the early 1900s. He brought his tried and true method to the States in the early 1920s, and people quickly fell in love with it as an injury-prevention method.
The cornerstone of Pilates has to do with controlling our core movements. A strong core means a strong back, which leads to fewer injuries. As we strengthen our core, our posture improves as a result—because our core is directly related to the health of our spine. Joseph used to say, “You’re only as young as your spine is flexible."
Practice these Pilates moves regularly and you’ll have a stronger core and infinitely better posture. When you sit and stand taller, you have access to your core power, and you'll find that you're more centered, productive, focused, and you'll have a longer, leaner body to show for it.