Yoga vs. Pilates: Which is best for YOUR body?
I love Yoga. I also love Pilates.
And while I could easily explain to you the premise of each one, if you asked me to explain how they effect your body differently, I’m going to look at you like this:
They both tone your muscles. They both help with flexibility and strength. They both focus on breath during the movements.
But which muscles does Yoga work and which muscles does Pilates work? Which is a better cardio burn and which is going to make your abs rock hard? Which is better when it comes to specific goals?
I realized recently that I had no idea, and I needed to get to the bottom of it.
I mentioned before that my dad used to be a professional athlete. Even after he stopped playing as a career, he continued to participate in athletics for fun and exercise.
Well, his lifetime of competitive sports did a number on his 6’7″ stature and has had him in and out of the hospital for various back and knee surgeries for years now. Despite it all — and much to the family’s dismay — he continues to play sports that irritate his fragile structure (golf and handball specifically).
Anyway, after his last run in with the operating table, several of his doctors suggested he take up yoga or pilates to help with the rehab process and strengthen his muscles to prevent further injury.
Knowing I do both, he asked me which I recommend. Picturing my dad in Crow Pose or doing hundreds on a Reformer gave me quite the case of the giggles.
Humor aside, given what I do know about each, I assumed they’d both have positive benefits for his recovery.
Their candid answers on everything and anything about each practice should help guide my dad, and any of you guys looking to try out a new sport, in the right direction.
First up, Yoga.
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