We know studies show exercise helps cancer recovery and prevention by improving insulin resistance, reducing inflammation, boosting immune system function, and lowering hormones.
Exercise is good! But how do you decide which type is best for you? Those concerned with prostrate health may want to consider adding Pilates into their daily physical activity.
Pilates is an exercise method with its roots in physical therapy. Practiced for decades by professional athletes, gymnasts and dancers, Pilates develops strength, balance and coordination, while the use of breath allows for better oxygen flow, releasing tension and promoting relaxation. It emphasizes balanced development of the body, targeting the deep muscles of the abdomen and pelvic floor (aka ‘the core’). The pelvic floor muscles are the foundation for the core of the body. They stabilize the pelvis and support the organs of the lower abdominal cavity, like the bladder, prostrate and uterus. The pelvic floor muscles, along with the deep muscles of the back and abdomen, form the group of muscles we work when developing core strength in Pilates.
Prostate cancer is one of the problems many men face as they get older. It is believed that the deterioration of the pelvic floor muscles is the major factor contributing to prostate cancer. Furthermore, prostrate surgery has common side-effects of urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction. Pelvic floor exercises are strongly recommended for men both before and following a prostatectomy, a recommendation confirmed by worldwide experts at the International Consultation on Incontinence in July 2008.
Pilates teaches you how to engage those deep pelvic floor muscles that are so important for prostrate health. By practicing Pilates, the risk of prostate cancer may be reduced, and the chances for a full post surgery recovery can be greatly improved.
Here is a photo of Joseph Pilates himself, the creator of it all!