Whatever you do, you will perform better with Pilates.
I talk to people every day about the benefits of doing Pilates.
I mean, who doesn't want to be stronger, look better, feel better? Everyone I know loves the idea of a tighter tush, flatter abs, and leaner legs.
But those are just the obvious benefits. There are other "behind the scenes" benefits that increase your ability to perform well throughout your life.
Pilates is all about the breath. Joseph Pilates was asthmatic and had a hard time breathing, so he knew how detrimental it is to not breathe well. With a regular Pilates practice your lung capacity will increase, as will your ability to move and function.
Let's face it, balance is a huge issue for us bipeds, especially as we get older. Better balance leads to more activity and to more confidence. As we learn to navigate our bodies and the springs, balance improves and we become more confident and active movers.
Coordinated movement requires an awareness of our bodies and parts in space, as well as enough strength and flexibility to use our bodies in specific ways towards specific goals.
For example, playing tennis requires that you be able to see what the other player is doing, judge where the ball will land, get to that spot and properly swing your racket to hit the ball back over the net. There is a lot going on!
In Pilates you are always aware of where your body is, what the parts are doing, and whether you are breathing or not. And sometimes you are balancing at the same time. It's a lot - a lot like life!
Whether you are training for sports, for a hiking trip, or simply to keep up with your kids and stay active, Pilates will help you do things better.