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One of the most important days in a woman’s life, is the day she becomes a bride – her wedding day. And every bride attempts to plan her wedding to perfection, from the bridal dress, to the décor, to the food and the flowers. In this quest for perfection, health and physical well-being can often get overlooked.
In addition to a proper diet, a would-be-bride also needs a whole body fitness program that focusses on quality not quantity, builds strength, muscle tone and improves mind body concentration. Pilates is a whole body workout program that meets all these requirements and more. Pilates focusses on core stabilization and targets the abdominal muscles, lower back and the pelvic area primarily, which form the center of all body movement.
It is also a low impact workout, so the risk of injury is minimal. However, one should be careful to train under a qualified Pilates instructor. Pilates works on the principles of concentration, control, centering, breathing, flow and precision trains the body to move efficiently with minimum impact. For the bride of today, managing her work in addition to planning the wedding can leave little or no time to practise with a trainer. Pilates at-home exercise DVD’s are now easily available, including the rapid results – 10 minutes workout, for those who are pressed for time.
Pilates has over 500 hundred exercises to choose from and many variations, which means that each person’s workout is customizable to suit their unique needs. Not only will it give you the kind of body that you want for your wedding day, but also improve posture and provide a complete sense of inner well-being. Your customized workout will slim you down and tone you up, making you strong and physically fit.
3 to 4 months before the wedding is a good time to start with this program, as it will provide sufficient amount of time for the body to build strength and get that leaner, longer, stronger look. Pilates has proven itself to be better and more effective at strengthening abdominal muscles than any other exercise form and also tightening obliques, which is a hard to target area.
A popular misconception about Pilates is that it lengthens the muscles. Muscles can’t grow longer, but the increased back and abdominal strength and flexibility it provides, improves the posture resulting in that taller and leaner look.
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