From Mindfulness to Inch Loss: The Unlikely Benefits of Pilates

When it comes to exercise, you need to think: What sort of body do I aspire to? If you want to be strong and shapely, then you should take up weight lifting. Athletic? Running or swimming should be your go-to. But if you want to be lithe and lean, then dancing is a good choice. The trouble is that we’re not all natural-born Misty Copeland lookalikes. If you have two left feet or the rhythm of a dad and dancing just isn’t your forte, Pilates really is the next-best thing to help carve out a body akin to a ballerina. But it’s worth knowing that the benefits of Pilates runs far deeper then just improving your posture and giving you the poise of a dancer (I mean we’d still be in if those were the only benefits). Actually, mindfulness, weight loss and pain relief are all on the list—below, we’ve unpacked how pilates benefits each one.