None of us are immune to facing mental health disorders. According to a recent report by Mental Health America, a jaw-dropping six million men are affected by depression each year in the U.S. While the conversation about men and emotional wellbeing has grown louder over the past few years, evidence suggests that men are significantly less likely than women to use psychiatric services in response to issues such as anxiety and bipolar disorder.

Notable Quotes: “Exercise has long been recognized as a way to relieve physical and mental stress. Pilates is a perfect example of mind + body movement that can help men stay calm, focused and mentally fit.” – Ken Endelman, founder and CEO Balanced Body

According to Endelman,  here are the top ways Pilates can impact your overall health:

  1. Reconnection to your breath: Pilates forces you to focus on your breath during movement, which has a calming effect on the body, helping to alleviate anxiety and depression.
  2. Enhanced mood and increased energy levels: Exercise and mindfulness pack a 1-2 punch in rejuvenating our minds and bodies, leading to an increase in happiness, decrease in anxiety…and an increased libido!
  3. Improved confidence: Pilates works muscle groups in and around the core that can go unattended by men in the gym. The core is foundational in whole body strength. You’ll start to see results after just a few Pilates classes, giving the confidence boost you’ve been waiting for.

For more information about mind + body movement and the benefits of Pilates, check out www.pilates.com