Pilates and Autoimmune Disease
Exercise is hard enough when you’re healthy and uninjured, but when you have an autoimmune disease (a condition where the immune system attacks the body), you not only have to resist lack of motivation and the usual excuses, but exercise when your body is hurting and/or fatigued.
Autoimmune diseases often affect your ability to exercise comfortably because symptoms include sore joints, muscle weakness and fatigue. However, by choosing an exercise program suitable for your particular condition and progressing at a pace suitable for your body, you can exercise safely, manage your symptoms and improve your fitness and quality of life. Be sure to check in with your doctor before trying any new exercise.
Gentle forms of exercise, such as Pilates, walking, swimming and cycling, may help increase circulation improve flexibility and reduce symptoms.
Pilates helps with autoimmune disorders because it’s an exercise system that works the body from the inside out, is low-impact for the joints and improves muscles and joint strength. Your Pilates instructor can tailor your program for what your body needs on any given day and can be great for your mental health. You’ll leave a Pilates session feeling less stressed and more relaxed from focussing on your breathing and the exercises you’re performing.
Pilates is about controlled, precise movements and requires concentration. Pilates can be a good way to counter symptoms, keep the body moving, stretch and strengthen muscles, and improve neuromuscular coordination.
Emotionally, Pilates focuses the mind through concentration and proper breathing. Endorphins resulting from the work out also bring a sense of well-being, as well as improved body awareness and a renewed focus on wellness.
If you are looking for an effective, adaptable and low impact exercise system that creates overall well-being, you should try Pilates!