Pilates is a great way for teens to kick-start a lifetime of fitness and well-being. The changes and transitions of the teen years can be difficult. Uncomfortable or negative feelings about the body can lead people to disconnect from their bodies at a young age. In Pilates movement, teens begin to understand the vital connection between the body and the mind. Pilates provides a fun and positive movement experience for teens, building inner confidence and self-esteem, and helping them feel comfortable in their bodies. Pilates is a system of movements designed to recruit your deepest postural muscles to stabilize and protect your spine and pelvis, allowing you to move with greater ease, strength, and control. Pilates promises to help create a longer, leaner body and a sculpted core. But just as importantly, Pilates promotes a sense of well-being in everyday life. Whether sitting, standing, walking, doing sports, or other physical activities, Pilates teaches people how to move more mindfully, more efficiently, and more confidentially. Pilates also develops balanced strength and flexibility to protect against pain and injury. By training the mind-body connection as well as whole-body strength and fitness, Pilates improves concentration skills, posture, and endurance, which can give teens a boost in academic performance as well as sports. The inner focus on movement and breath required during a Pilates class can provide a physical and mental retreat from the everyday stresses of school, social interactions, and other challenges of the teen years. Pilates is also a fun and challenging way to workout appropriate for all fitness levels. LiveWell Studio’s next group pilates class for teens starts September 27th, 4:15-5pm. Register here.