Are you confused about what form of exercise will best help you achieve your fitness goals?
Both strength training and Pilates are popular forms of exercise, especially for women. They both offer a range of physical and mental benefits. But there are some key differences that are important to weigh up in ensuring you’re matching your goal and fitness level with the most suitable form of exercise.
What is strength training?
Strength training is a type of exercise that focuses on building muscle mass and improving overall physical strength. This is achieved through lifting weights, using resistance bands or bodyweight exercises.
Why strength training is important:
The benefits of strength training include increased muscle mass and strength, improved bone density, reduced risk of injury, improved posture and balance, and increased metabolism.
Incorporating strength training into your routine doesn’t just make you strong (although it will!) but it has the added benefit of contributing to a higher metabolic rate, aiding in weight loss or weight management. Even once your workout is finished, you continue to burn calories.
What is Pilates?
Pilates, on the other hand, is a low-impact form of exercise that focuses on building flexibility, balance, and core strength. Pilates is typically performed on a mat or with a reformer, using controlled movements to target specific muscle groups.
The benefits of Pilates include improved posture, reduced stress and tension, improved flexibility and range of motion, and increased core strength and stability.
Should you choose strength training or Pilates?
Strength training is better for those who want to build muscle mass, improve bone density and overall physical strength. Pilates will help you improve flexibility, balance, and core strength (but so will strength training if performed correctly). Some people enjoy Pilates because they feel quite relaxed afterwards. Both forms of exercise can be combined to create a well-rounded workout program that offers the best of both worlds.
Ultimately, the choice between strength training and Pilates hinges on your fitness goals, current fitness level and personal preferences. The important thing is to stay active, be consistent, and have fun.
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