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Midlife pilates

What is Pilates?

Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates, who believed mental and physical health were inter-connected. Its a low-impact exercise that aims to strengthen muscles while improving postural alignment and flexibility.

Why is Pilates good for you?

A study in 2016 found that eight weeks of Pilates classes improved abdominal endurance, flexibility, and balance. Pilates practitioners say regular pilates can improve muscle tone, balance and joint mobility, as well as relieve stress.

What do I need to know?

You can do Pilates with or without equipment, and can expect the class to involve slow, precise movements and breath control. A typical workout is 45 minutes to one hour long, and to see results its recommended to attend a class at least once week.

The bottom line

Pilates is suitable for all levels of ability and fitness. The apparatus can be used to provide support for beginners and aid people with certain medical conditions.

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If you have any health conditions or injuries, you should seek advice from a medical professional before trying any new exercise.


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