The Benefits of PowerKids Pilates

Children need regular exercise. In fact, for children it is essential for their development to have suitable amounts of play time. This includes both free play and structured play. PowerKids Pilates will contribute to your child’s physical, mental and social development. Most parents are aware of the fact that children’s health today is far more compromised than it was a decade ago. The modern culture of convenience that offers fast food, television and video games is hurting the general well-being of children across the world, and overall children are a lot less active than they were twenty years ago. Viruses have transformed and germs have become stronger, resulting in a higher risk of illness, especially if children do not receive the necessary nutrition and exercise.  It has been found that diet and physical activity is intricately linked to childhood development and health, and even the mental state of an individual can be influenced by these factors.  Parents are now in need for an exercise regime for their children that not only brings advantages to their bodies, but also to their minds.  Not only does Pilates improve the physical abilities, body awareness and flexibility of a child, but it has also been reported to change the state of a child’s mind and to visibly reduce their stress levels. Pilate’s sessions provide a place for the body to relax, rejuvenate and release tension. The breathing methods in Pilates oxygenate the blood in our bodies which then activates our brain to calm down.

While children do need exercise, it is not recommended to expose them to vigorous and strict exercise regimes, thus PowerKids Pilates has become a good candidate for exercise for children as it follows a more passive approach to exercise rather than an active one. Children’s bodies are continuously growing and their skeleton is still developing therefore any exercise that is too demanding on the child can harm the body and hamper healthy development which may result in problems later on. High-impact workouts are typically not recommended and so PowerKids Pilates looks to offer safe and low impacting exercises to our children.

The other many benefits of Pilates for kids include:

While children are growing, especially when they are growing fast, their postures could change. Children and teenagers often suffer from slumped shoulders and bad alignment. Pilate’s exercises can correct this within a small number of classes. Learning how to work with core muscles and isolated muscle groups gives the child a greater understanding of how their body works and what the correct way is to carry themselves.

Pilate’s exercises and stretches assist with focusing the mind on particular muscle groups. The child develops an increased understanding of which movements involve which muscles and this means that over time, they develop a better relationship with their own bodies that even influences everyday activities such as walking, standing or sitting. In return, this helps with skeletal development and decreases the risk of injury later. Being aware of one’s body and having decent coordination and balance can also assist in the child’s performance during all types of sport.

Another great benefit of PowerKids Pilates is that the child’s core muscles are strengthened. The abdominal and back muscles that support the skeletal structure are called the core, and with a strong core, it means that the body has a stronger centre. Having a stronger centre results in better protection of the skeleton and better posture, improved range of movement and an increase in their overall athletic performance. It also creates a more balanced system or arrangement of their muscles (musculature) in their body that will decrease the risk of injury in the future and alleviate pain in the present and as they grow older into adulthood.

Pilates can be considered as a ‘thinking person’s exercise’ – Performing the exercises while creating a strong connection with the mind and body have shown to improve the mental concentration of the child performing the movement.

Pilates leaves the child feeling more in control of their body and more aware of it. Exercise has shown to have a positive mental effect on the child thus improving their overall self-image, self-esteem and confidence.

Other benefits of Pilates

  • Toned and conditioned body.
  • Longer and leaner muscles.
  • Lowers stress levels.
  • Increases bone density.
  • Promotes correct breathing.
  • Enhances sport performance.
  • Relieves back and neck pain.
  • Greater joint mobility.

 

  • Prevents recurrence of injuries.
  • Enhances concentration and focus.
  • Improves oxygenation of the blood.

 

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