Train Your Brain: Can Pilates Increase Intelligence?Posted by Ian Kullhem on Feb 07, 2014
Pilates for the Mind
Pilates has been linked to powerful changes in the mind, body and soul for years. But can your favorite workout make you smarter?
Pilates is a gentle, no impact workout that focuses on strengthening and relaxing the muscles in the body. Scientists have long known that human brain cells are not limited, that our brains can in fact create new cells. Several recent studies reported by the New York Times shows that exercise can actually improve neurogenesis, the creation of new brain cells. Another study by Physical Activity & Health shows that people who do Pilates have significantly better brain function then those who do not.
It’s no surprise that learning new things is a brain-training activity. A University of Oxford study shows that learning new things increased the white matter in the brain that allows neurons to communicate. If these neurons are well-formed, they increase intelligence and the speed with which the brain connects the dots or puts information together. Learning a new exercise program such as Yoga or Pilates is a great way to multitask and improve one’s body and mind at the same time. Learning new movements in a Pilates workout is just the right type of activity to see neuron communication increases.
Pilates on Happiness & Stress Levels
Pilates is a good source of meditation—also demonstrating proven benefits for the mind. Studies have shown that quiet, introspective and focused time in meditation relieve depression, anxiety, insomnia, stress and help with chronic pain. Pilates relieves tension built up in the muscles with gentle stretching. By removing these stress hormones, people see lower blood pressure and less muscle spasms and pain. Fascial release techniques commonly seen in Pilates workouts also help to loosen tight muscles in the body that may not be responsive to normal passive stretching exercises.
Many experts suggest that the physical challenge of maintaining poses during a Pilates workout helps people better handle stress in their lives.
Start Your Pilates Workouts Today
Try Pilates today for a 50% discount. Pilates in the Pines is now offering a 10-class package for only $200. Pilates in the Pines offers a wide range of classes at different times to fit the needs of their busy schedule patients. See the full schedule of classes here.
For more than 10 years, Pilates in the Pines has worked to help their clients to lead happier and healthier lives. The studio is ran by Cathy Bosson, a certified Pilates trainer and owner and operator and Alana Norman, a Master Pilates teacher and a certified Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® instructor.
The studio is conveniently located just a few minutes south of Denver in The Village at Castle Pines, east of the intersection of US 85 (Santa Fe Drive) and Happy Canyon Road in Douglas County. Find complete information about their studio, directions to get there and their wide range of classes at their website, http://www.pilatesinthepines.com. Stop by or call today to register for a class at 855-790-4188. You can also