(Natural News) People with chronic kidney disease often experience multiple health complications, which may include decreased cardio-respiratory fitness, muscle force, and physical performance — all of which may decrease a patient’s quality of life.
In a study published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, researchers from Kashan University of Medical Sciences in Iran and Clemson University in the U.S. found that Pilates can improve the quality of life of people who suffer from chronic kidney disease.
With the aim of determining the effect of Pilates exercises on the quality of life of people with chronic kidney disease, the researchers carried out a randomized controlled clinical trial involving 50 people with chronic kidney disease. In the study, they randomly divided the participants into two groups: an experimental and a control group. Participants in the experimental group participated in modified classical Pilates exercises three times every week for 12 weeks.
In addition, the researchers also asked the participants to complete a survey on their quality of life at the start of the trial and two months after the intervention period.
The results of the study revealed that the scores of quality of life dimensions of participants who performed Pilates exercises significantly improved. The researchers also found that the quality of life of participants in the Pilates group was significantly better than the control group. These results suggest that Pilates exercise can be beneficial for the improvement of the quality of life of people with chronic kidney disease.
With these findings, the researchers propose the inclusion of Pilates exercises in the treatment of people with chronic kidney disease as it is proven safe and effective.
Pilates and its other health benefits
Developed by Joseph Pilates, Pilates is designed to strengthen the body evenly, focusing on core strength to enhance general fitness and well-being. It is the complete coordination of the body, mind, and spirit. In this type of exercise, a mat or special equipment, such as the Reformer, Cadillac, and Wunda Chair is used. Pilates offers many health benefits and can be practiced by people of all ages and levels of ability and fitness. Here are some of its health benefits:
- Pilates is good for the brain: In a study published in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health, it was shown that people have significantly superior brain function after practicing mindful movement exercises like Pilates or yoga compared to aerobic exercise. Pilates also trains the brain. Learning a new movement in a Pilates routine trains the mind and body simultaneously, which is important for brain fitness.
- Pilates calms the mind: In Pilates, you focus only on your body, clearing your mind of any distractions. This can help relieve anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress, negative emotions, and other negative thoughts and emotions.
- Pilates relieves stress tension in the body: Pilates involves gentle stretching and gradual body conditioning, which help relieve tension built up in the muscles, and when you get rid of your body, you also rid your mind of stress. (Related: Pilates better than conventional therapeutic exercises in decreasing pain in patients with knee osteoarthritis.)
- Pilates helps boost your confidence: Pilates promotes good posture and proper body alignment, which will help improve your health and boost your confidence.
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