Getting to the Heart of the Matter
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated – Delta Upsilon Omega Chapter in partnership with Dynamic Urban Opportunities Foundation invites you to its Pink Goes Red Pilates event to kick-off Go Red for Women’s Heart Health Month.
Women’s heart health information will be shared and there will be fun heart health-related raffle prizes and giveaways. Light, heart healthy refreshments will be served.
About Pilates and Heart Disease Prevention
The best type of exercise for primary and secondary prevention of heart disease is aerobic exercise. Although the Pilates system is not considered to be aerobic in nature, it is an excellent adjunct to a regular aerobic program (such as walking, cycling, or swimming). In particular, its potential stress reduction features promotes long term heart health.
Other Pilates benefits are:
• Improves balance, coordination and circulation
• Improves performance in sports (e.g., golf, skiing, skating, dance)
• Streamlines and lengthens the body
• Improves postural problems; can alleviate back pain
• Increases core strength/stability and peripheral mobility
• Helps prevent injury
• Enhances ease of movement
• Balances strength and flexibility
• Heightens body awareness
• Easy on the joints because it is low impact
• Can be customized for a broad range of fitness and ability levels, from rehab patients (including cardiac rehab patients) to elite athletes
• Strengthens the immune system
Can beginners do Pilates?
It’s a common misconception that Pilates is only for serious athletes or professional dancers. While these groups first adopted Pilates, they aren’t the only ones who can benefit from this approach to strength training.
Another common misperception is that Pilates requires specialized equipment. Maybe you’ve seen a Pilates apparatus — called a Reformer — that looks like a bed frame with a sliding carriage and adjustable springs, or perhaps you’ve seen a type of trapeze table. But, don’t let those machines intimidate you.
The reality is that many Pilates exercises can be done on the floor with just a mat.
Is Pilates for everyone?
If you’re older, haven’t exercised for some time or have health problems, it’s a good idea to check with your doctor before starting any new exercise program. Pilates is no exception. Similarly, women who are pregnant should check with their health care providers before starting Pilates.
Pilates can be adapted to provide a gentle strength training and stability program, or it can be modified to give a seasoned athlete a challenging workout. If you’re just starting out, it’s a good idea to go slow at first and gradually increase the intensity of your workout.
Pilates may not be recommended or may need to be modified for individuals who have the following:
- Unstable (labile) blood pressure
- A risk of blood clots
- Severe osteoporosis
- A herniated disk
Because it’s essential to maintain the correct form to get the most benefit — and to avoid injuries — beginners should start out under the supervision of an experienced Pilates instructor. Source.