Why Should Companies Implement Pilates Classes?

Published: 02nd May 2012
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Pilates classes are easy to implement for companies because Pilates caters to everyone. Everyone regardless if they are active or living a sedentary lifestyle can easily adapt to the routines that are being taught in Pilates classes. Recent worldwide surveys show that workers have not been exercising as much as required as they are held up by their work. So in order to eliminate this unhealthy behavior, the best way is to implement Pilates classes at the workplace instead of asking the staff to go to Pilates studio. Pilates exercises are a breeze to implement and it is also an easy way to get people to start exercising again.

First, Pilates classes help in enhancing work productivity. In Pilates, diaphragm breathing is being encouraged. This type of breathing is both energizing and relaxing. It is also known to be a good stress reducer. When the staff feel less stressed, they will naturally perform better and more efficiently. This is a good sign for companies as they need their staff to be productive with low rate of absenteeism.

Secondly, Pilates help to improve posture and reduces body pains. Pilates focuses on working body awareness that aides in making one understand what it is like to have a good posture. When one's body understands how it feels like to be in a correct posture, they will learn to eliminate bad posture habits. This in turn will relieve common body aches, reduce joint pains and allow the staff to move with ease. The result is improved overall physical and mental well-being. From a company's viewpoint, this means lower healthcare costs as their staff will generally feel good physically and mentally.

Another good thing about Pilates is that it helps in losing weight and also toning the body. Ladies who are interested in toning up their body but are afraid that doing weights in the gym will lead to a more muscular frame will find their solution in Pilates classes. Pilates exercises lengthen the muscles while toning them, therefore, Pilates practioners will not have a bulky frame. It works on strengthening and lengthening your entire body! Also it emphasizes on rebalancing the muscles around the joints and correcting over-trained muscles and muscle imbalances. It gives definition to the body without the bulk.

Having said that, Pilates does not only cater to women, it caters to men too! On the contrary to common beliefs, Pilates is very different from yoga. Pilates is a full body muscle strengthening exercise. Pilates is suitable for men as it builds core strength for better sports performance. Pilates is believed to prevent the chances of getting prostate cancer as it helps in strengthening the pelvic floor muscles.

Pilates is the perfect answer to a corporate health woes. Pilates improves posture, reduces pain, increases work productivity and it is suitable for everyone. Whether you are young, old, fit or unhealthy, injured or strong, women or men, you can still benefit from your Pilates class. As it is low intensity and has zero impact to the joints, it acts as a basis for one to start exercising again. Hence all companies who care about their staff should implement Pilates and start reaping the benefits!


Candice Chin is the founder of Pilates Fitness and was nominated by CozyCot as the Top 100 Most Loved Singapore Beauty Professionals. Pilates Fitness provides effective, customised small classes that make you look great & feel healthy. We are the first Singapore Pilates studio providing Pilates for Weight Loss, Golfers, Runners, Athletes And Youth.

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