It might surprise you when you look at the above diagram at the amount of components one might have to work towards to be physically fit.
Thankfully, most of our clients are meeting a lot of these components by attending weekly Pilates classes and are working on improving or maintaining their levels of fitness.
What are the different components?
- Cardiovascular fitness: The ability of your heart, blood vessels, lungs and blood to deliver oxygen and nutrients to all of your body’s cells while you are being physically active.
- Muscular strength: It is the amount of force that a muscle can apply in a given contraction. The key to making your muscles stronger is to work against resistance, whether that is from gravity or weights.
- Muscle endurance: is the ability to keep your muscles working over a period of time. Most people think that endurance strength is needed for things like running marathons etc however, muscular endurance is important in almost any activity that uses physical strength.
- Flexibility: The ability of the joints to move through their full range of motion.
- Body composition: refers to the ratio of lean body tissue (bone and muscle) to body-fat tissue.
- Agility: Is the ability to change the position of your body and to control the movement of your whole body.
- Balance: The ability to keep an upright posture while even standing still or moving.
- Power: The ability to perform with strength at a rapid pa
- Speed: The ability to cover a distance in a short amount of time.
- Co-ordination: Is the integration of eye hand and foot movements.
- Reaction time: The amount of time to start a movement once your senses signal the need to move.
ARE YOU GETTING YOUR 5 A WEEK
According to the American College of Sports Medicine, it is advised that every individual should participate in
- Adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardiorespiratory exercise per week.
- Resistance and Flexibility: Adults should train each major muscle group 2-3 days each week using a variety of exercises and equipment.
Research studies have shown Pilates can improve an individual’s dynamic balance, muscular endurance, flexibility and helps a patient to use their core to help them function to the best of their ability and improve general fitness.
At Innovations Sports Physiotherapy, we can help you to improve your levels of physical fitness.
Pilates is a form of weight/resistance exercise that can be used in the rehabilitation of an injury and for a non-injured healthy individual.
At Innovations Sports Physiotherapy, we use evidence based research to prescribe the most effective exercises in out Clinical Pilates Classes to guide you through your rehabilitation journey or to use this evidence based practice as a preventative measure to prevent an individual from getting an injury. We also have general fitness Pilates classes that focus on all of the above components for those who don’t have a pre-existing injury or problem.
In our individual Clinical Pilates assessments, we assess for any predisposing factors that may lead to injuries such as low back pain and set goals to help to achieve your fitness goals. We welcome you to join us to achieve your fitness goals and for those that currently train with us, well done and keep moving.