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Pilates vs Aerobics

We’re talking two different horses walking uphill when we compare Pilates to Aerobics.  One is a fine tuned low impact form of flexibility and focused attention to specific muscle groups and the other is a high impact sweat driven form of exerise often to pumping disco music.

Pilates was discovered by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s to help out injured athletes and dancers.  Over the decades it’s grown in popularity and is now one of the fastest growing exercise regimens out there.  Aeropbics picked up speed in the 1980s and has been a staple ever since.  The two forms of exercise are at the opposite ends of the scale but they sure do benefit their practitioners.  Let’s look at them overall, their differences and benefits.

First of all Pilates may be low impact but it’s high benefit.  Following the exercises that include a few pulleys and resistance from the Cadillac device, it allows the practitioner to build up the core muscles, primarily those of the abdomen.  This targets the skeletal muscles and aligns the pelvis.  With the pelvis where it should be it allows for the spine to align itself as well.  There’s no argument that a spine in place is a very good thing.  People get weak with their core muscles and it leads to many problems.  Pilates uses specific exercises that strengthen the core and is quite preventative too.

Aerobics is powerful.  You’re moving at a modest to high pace often to music.  It’s like dancing with muscle.  This form of exercise builds muscle, burns calories, and increases bone density as well as giving the cardio vascular system a run for its money.  Aerobics need only be done for a minimum of 20 minutes but that 20 minutes goes a long way.  You continue to burn calories for hours afterwards which is why people take up the exercise.  It’s also fun as you do it in a group and it’s more like dancing with friends.  Make no mistake, aerobics isn’t for the lazy.  You really get a workout of high intensity that after just a few weeks really shows up.  Consistent practicing leads to considerable fat loss and better circulation to name a few of the benefits.

In comparison, both forms of exercise builds up strength.  Both allow for better balance and equilibrium.  Aerobics burns more calories and produces more sweat as well as works the cardio whereas Pilates works more precise on the core muscles emphasizing flexibility too.  Pilates might help with better meditation and control where Aerobics is going to burn off that fat and fast.  Both work breath control but Aerobics will push the lungs to their limits.

So overall, both exercise regimens bring out the benefits but are targeted at different results.  You can actually do both and that would be double the benefits.

 
 
 
 

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