While many of us ardently practice various types of Pilates moves ranging from fat burning Pilates moves to body position centering Pilates moves, there has been growing concern among its professional practitioners (or more specifically Pilates trainers) that most of us may be doing it in a way which could pose a threat of injury. At the same time, it is impossible to regulate or control how each and every one works out, especially considering the great bank of information readily available at our fingertips. They key then, is that individuals themselves take up the mantle of responsibility and realize the importance of working out correctly. Having said this, it would be unfair to say that Pilates are a form that is likely to cause injury; any form of exercise that requires shifting your body position from one equilibrium to another can cause injury and Pilates moves are in fact safer than most other exercise forms that we adopt in order to get fit. However, as the good old cliché goes, ‘prevention is better than cure’, and with that in mind, here are a few precautionary tips to make Pilates exercises safer for you.
1. When doing fat burning Pilates moves, start slowly and build up gradually. The idea of doing these moves is to first bring about a reduction in your body mass and then move on to the other goals that the form tries to achieve. Thus, if you try doing strenuous exercises too soon, you may be prone to injury. 2. If you suffer from low bone density issues, which can be identified by a susceptibility to fractures, you should avoid Pilates moves that include rolling, bending, twisting and turning, especially of the spine as it could lead to injury. 3. When doing Pilates moves, ensure that you have all the data required to do the moves correctly; i.e. be sure of what position and movement must be undergone by each and every body part involved in the exercise. If in doubt about any of the above, it’s best to avoid doing the exercise till you have all the required data. 4. Perhaps the most important advice, and one which most of us ignore, is that Pilates workouts should be performed only under the guidance of a trained instructor who is well versed with your medical history and can guide you in the right direction. An instructor, by definition, knows exactly what the requirement for your specific body type is and what exercises suit you best; thus shielding you from an unwanted injury.