Whether Yoga or Pilates is the better choice for you will depend on what you're trying to achieve
Both practices offer amazing physical and mental benefits, with a key focus on flexibility, stretching and strength.
Unlike other high-intensity workouts like cardio, boot camps or boxing, Yoga and Pilates are less intense and lower impact, but are still very effective in improving your muscle strength, tone and endurance.
Both Yoga and Pilates are great choices if you want to work on your flexibility, posture, strength and muscle tone, but there are a few differences between the two practices.
Age of the exercise
Yoga has been around for 5,000+ years
Pilates has been around for just over 100 years
You'll find yoga classes in dedicated yoga studios as well as offered as regular classes at a lot of gyms.
You'll find Pilates classes at dedicated Pilates studios as well as offered by many physiotherapists as part of their ongoing treatment.
Yoga is mostly done using just a mat. Sometimes it will also incorporate balance blocks and straps.
Pilates often requires a mat plus specialised equipment, including the following:
Aim of the exercises
Yoga - To improve your overall quality of life, including both your physical and mental wellbeing.
Pilates - To improve your body's strength to prevent and cure injury, aches and pains.
If you want to improve your balance, flexibility and muscle tone while also helping combat general stress and anxiety, yoga could be what you are looking for.
If you're looking for an exercise to help manage an injury or combat general back, muscle or joint pains such as arthritis while improving your strength, Pilates is the better choice for this.
Remember you can always incorporate both practices into your life...!
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