Pilates is one of the best ways to strengthen your body. A single class can leave you with a deep all-over muscle burn unlike any other. But at the same time you're increasing your strength, you're also doing wonders for your posture—you just might not have realized it until now.
In the latest episode of Good Moves, Chloe De Winter of Go Chlo Pilates takes you through some of her favorite Pilates moves for improving your posture. "We all want to have better posture to stand taller and feel stronger around our upper backs and our spines," she says. There's a wide range of exercises and stretches that'll get you there during the 10 minute session, starting with some shoulder shrugs. "We're working a muscle called the serratus anterior, which wraps underneath the shoulder blades and helps support our shoulder blades against our upper backs," she says.
Then there's arm and leg reaches for balance and stability work. "It's so good for our posture, because it's working all of these stabilizing muscles around the body," De Winter says. Aside from all the posture-bettering exercises, you're in for a treat: There's also feel-good stretches to look forward to that open and loosen up your body, improving mobility and allowing for better posture.
Some of the exercises—like arm raises on your tummy, for example—might not feel like you're doing a lot in the moment, but oftentimes those are the ones that can have the biggest impact. "We're working directly into those postural muscles that help us sit or stand with better posture throughout the day. The big muscles have to work hard—we have to build and strengthen them," says De Winter.
By the time you're finished with this 10-minute workout, your body will feel incredible—stronger and more relaxed. And when you walk around standing just a little bit taller, you'll know exactly why. Press play on the video above to try the Pilates for posture workout for yourself.
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