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Pilates can help mental health

Pilates can help mental health

Many studies support the notion that exercise can benefit mental health and, for me, Pilates is no exception. The focus on breathing can be incredibly calming and the classes worked well setting you up for the day - or ending the day on a high and a deep stretch.

Harkirat Mahal (CEO at Motivate PT) explains how Pilates can help mental health:

"Breathing performed in yoga and Pilates has been shown to cause a reduction in stress and blood pressure. Deep breathing also encourages correct blood flow and helps with sleep. Pilates can improve your mood as physical activity causes endorphins to be released and causes a positive feeling in the body. Some scientists believe that being active can enhance wellbeing as it brings about a sense of better self-confidence, self-control and the ability to rise to a challenge."

Source: http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/healthy-living/fitness/a28692/pilates-benefits/