- multiple sclerosis
- respiratory conditions
- high blood pressure
- chronic pain
- type 2 diabetes
Things to consider before getting started
There are many forms of yoga and pilates to choose from. The biggest difference between the two is the equipment used. So, you may consider that when choosing which one is best for you. Pilates can be expensive and depending on the forms of Pilates, equipment may be mandatory.
Although Pilates can be modified, it requires proper teaching and performance of the exercises to avoid injury. Additionally, mat Pilates is great for many people, but if you have decreased mobility or poor core strength, it may be challenging for you.
If you try these workouts and begin to experience back or neck pain, or respiratory problems, try modifying your workouts.
Those that are pregnant or have other physical restrictions should consult with their doctor before trying Pilates or yoga to ensure it is safe.
In fact, it can be helpful for anyone to consult with their doctor and a certified instructor before starting any exercise program.
If you are unsure of where to start, consider taking private lessons or following a workout video before diving headfirst into a class. Private lessons can also give you the opportunity to perfect your form and/or prevent you from pushing yourself past your limits, which can lead to injury.
The bottom line is yoga is great for you but so is Pilates and there’s nothing wrong with incorporating both into your daily workout routine. Just keep in mind that yoga tends to be a go-to for stress relief and inner peace while Pilates is known for strengthening the muscle.
These workouts are also great for people looking to:
- build long, lean muscles
- increase your flexibility
- gain mental clarity
- improve your core stability
In the end, the choice is yours.