A new study, undertaken by scientists at the University of Pittsburgh has discovered that Pilates might be effective at beating stress due to the movements used calming a part of the brain linked to the fight-or-flight response.

The scientists found a circuit which links the brain to the ‘adrenal mudulla’ which is the inner part of the adrenal gland. This triggers an adrenaline surge during stressful situations. The same brain network was also found to be connected to the brain’s motor cortex which governs movement.

Life is full of stress, we know this. It causes effects on the body like a pounding heart, sweating and dilated pupils, but also triggers a cognitive surge allowing for a quick summing up of the situation. If someone insults you, you probably don’t want to either run away or punch them in the face. You may wish to let it wash over you, or come back with a thought out response. Pilates is great for stress management.

Read more in The Telegraph article here.