Pilates helps improve your flexibility while you burn calories.
Signing up for a Pilates class at your gym adds variety to your weight-loss workout. Although activities such as running on a treadmill or pedaling an exercise bike burn calories faster than Pilates, this exercise can play a role in your overall health, contributing to greater flexibility and muscle strength while lowering your stress. If you practice Pilates several times a week and are careful about your caloric intake, the exercise can contribute to weight loss.
Moving Toward Weight Loss
Although improving your diet can play a significant role in your effort to lose weight, it's often difficult to shed some pounds without exercising. By combining a healthy diet and a regular workout such as Pilates, you increase your chance of putting your body in a fat-burning caloric deficit. It's reasonable to attempt to create a deficit of 3,500 to 7,000 calories per week, which results in the loss of 1 to 2 pounds of fat.
Learning the Ropes
If you're new to Pilates, taking a beginner-level class allows you to see if the exercise is suitable for you. Just as your weight influences how quickly you burn calories while performing Pilates, so too does the level. Beginner Pilates, notes HealthStatus, has a lower caloric burn than the activity's intermediate and advanced levels. People who weigh 145 and 175 pounds burn about 243 and 294 calories, respectively, during a 60-minute beginner Pilates class.
Increasing the Challenge
If you're able to keep up with the poses in an intermediate or advanced Pilates class, expect to burn more calories. According to HealthStatus, a person who weighs 145 pounds burn about 339 calories in a 60-minute intermediate class and 418 calories in an advanced class of the same length. A 175-pound person burns about 410 calories in an hour-long intermediate Pilates class and 504 calories in an hour-long advanced class.
Strong Muscles and Clear Mind
Contributing to weight loss is just one of the benefits you'll experience performing Pilates. The exercise greatly increases your strength, including the strength of your core muscles, which can improve your posture. The strength gain you experience is throughout your entire body, rather than just select areas, which keeps your body well-balanced. Additionally, the gentle, low-impact nature of Pilates makes it acceptable for people with joint pain.