Can Pilates really help to fight depression?
Yes, plus it is great for improving your core strength and stability, posture and balance.
Pilates helps improve your mood and act as an antidepressant in several different ways.
First off, any type of exercise that is at least mildly strenuous releases wonderful hormones called endorphins. This is your brain’s reward for you making your body stronger and sweating out unhealthy toxins.
And that is a good thing, because endorphins are a “feel-good” compound.
Endorphins are created in your brain, and they actually interact with special receptors which reduce your perception of pain. They also trigger a positive feeling to be released by your mind, and this furthers the anti-depression aspect of exercises like Pilates.
They are the very same chemicals which are released by addictive drugs. But instead of dangerous and harmful side effects that you get from drugs like cocaine and opium, you receive a stronger and healthier body, as well as the other benefits Pilates delivers that we discussed earlier.
Chronic Pain Relief
Pilates also helps improve your mood in another way. If you suffer from chronic pain, you just don’t feel good. And it is only a short trip from feeling poorly to being depressed, especially when your pain does not get any better.
Pilates has been proven as an excellent treatment for chronic pains, and can even act as a preventive measure to keep you from experiencing pain in the first place.
And the chemical reaction that goes on in your body begins to work immediately to make you feel better.
The third way that Pilates helps with depression has to do with mindset. When you begin working out, your Pilates sessions make you feel better physically and mentally. Improved muscle mass, fat and weight loss, healthier skin tone and more energy also make you feel good about yourself.
This creates a happy and healthy cycle that leads to more exercise, better results and improved mood.
As you see the results on your body, your outlook can rapidly go from depressed to confident and happy. So if you are feeling down or under the weather, why not try Pilates instead of a chemical antidepressant that may have risky side effects?
You will feel better, look better, and your brain will reward you by releasing pleasurable chemicals that will have you looking forward to your next Pilates session and your new outlook on life.