Pilates the Ultimate Belly Shaper

By now most of you have heard of Pilates, the fitness craze that is sweeping the nation. You might have heard of how doctors are beginning to prescribe Pilates for aches and pains or you might have read about it in your favorite fitness magazine. Did you know that Pilates is the ultimate belly shaper and the best part is that you wouldn’t have to do 100’s of sit ups, leg raises, or crunches?

Most men, but particularly women are obsessed with having a flat stomach.  Who hasn’t dreamed of washboard abdominal or a wasp like waistline?  Pilates exercises will tone and tighten the stomach area and as an added bonus, will strengthen your lower back.  They will not make you lose a lot of weight, but they will give you a flatter, leaner stomach, while improving your posture.  In Pilates you workout your stomach while working on your breathing and isometrically do Yoga like exercises.  Nothing works your abs better than pulling your naval to your spine as you exhale every atom of carbon dioxide from your body.

Strong abdominal muscles, in particular the transverse abdomens that run laterally across the front of your abdomen like a girdle, will help support your internal organs and back.  A trained Pilates instructor, through posture analysis, can teach you to stand taller and sit straighter.  This will indeed make your stomach appear flatter.  When your body is aligned and you maintain an erect back you will literally exercise your abs and relieve back pain.  If you slump when you walk or sit your stomach will protrude.  There is an old proverb that says if you bring fish to a man you will feed him for a day, if you teach a man to fish, he will feed himself forever.  Pilates is like teaching you to fish, you will learn how to keep your stomach firm forever.

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