I often get asked “which is best a Cardiovascular workout or a Pilates workout”? – so let’s find out…
What’s Cardiovascular exercise?
it’s any Physical activity which causes an increase in both your respiration rate (the rate at which you breath in and out) and heart rate (the speed at which your heart pumps the blood through your body) to meet the increased need of your muscles for oxygen and maintaining the accelerated pace of your heart and lungs for an extended period of time (this means for more than a few minutes ! )
Classic examples of exercise which accelerate your heart & respiration rate are cycling, running, rowing, an aerobics or spin class, you get the picture.
For most people it will involve a system of exercises created by Joseph Pilates, using either matt based exercises or special apparatus, designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, and enhance your mental awareness and connection to your body – but for many Pilates won’t be a cardio workout, because they won’t work at a high enough level of intensity to keep their heart and respiratory rate high for a prolonged period.
Having said that, when I am doing Advanced Pilates, either Matt or equipment based I most certainly work up a sweat and raise my heart rate. However, it is still not the same exertion on my heart and lungs as a spin class, yet a spin class won’t match a Pilates class in terms of strength, flexibility and posture.
I think we may have find our answer then! , Can you see where I’m going with this? ,
No? , well read on…
So which is better?
In my opinion the answer is, neither! As they are BOTH essential to maintaining a healthy and happy body.
cardio exercise – is essential to a lean, defined body and overall good health. In addition to melting fat, cardiovascular workouts bolster the bones, strengthen joints and improve cholesterol.
While Pilates – now I’m going to have to stop myself here as I’m a tad biased as to how god damn amazing Pilates is 🤗 but to name just a few – it will increase muscle strength and tone without creating bulk. Increase the deep core muscle strength (which is not just your abdominals by the way, but includes back and pelvic floor muscles too). It also improves your flexibility and posture, which can decrease your chances of injuring yourself when then doing your cardio workout. Pilates is also effective in easing chronic lower back pain and preventing future back pain and injuries, allowing you to keep doing those cardio workouts !
Therefore, In an ideal situation, a combination of both Pilates and Cardiovascular exercise would be best as it would give your body the best of both worlds.
Lou 😘💋❤️ xx