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Definition

Pilates is a system of exercise using special equipment to improve strength, posture, and mental sharpness. In the United States alone more than 11 million people regularly practice.

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How to Do It

  1. Find a positively reviewed guide book, video, or instructor by inquiring with a doctor, local gyms, or the Pilates Method Alliance
  2. Warm up
  3. Follow the instructions of your book, video, or guide
  4. Warm down
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Benefits

Benefits of pilates may include:

  • Improved bone density [1]
  • Maintaining a healthy weight [2]
  • Reducing back pain [3]
  • Improving sleep [4], [5]
  • Preventing injury[6]
  • Improving flexibility [3], [6], [8]
  • Boosting brain health [7]
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Time Commitment

5-20 minutes

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Why it works

  • Resistance exercises create tension against the bone strengthening it [1], [6]
  • Burns calories and builds muscle [2]
  • Strengthens core muscles [2], [6]
  • Increases brain-derived neurotrophic factor which strengthens cells and axons [7]
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Suggested Frequency

2 - 4 times per week

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Side Effects

Some side effects include injury, accidents, and dehydration.

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Required Equipment

  • Gym membership
  • Mat
  • Pilates reformer
  • Resistance bands
  • Magic Circles
  • Weights
  • Pilates Chair
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Gurus/Celebrities/Doing it

Kate Hudson

Cameron Diaz

Jennifer Aniston

David Beckham

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Suggested Time of Day

Any but not on a full stomach

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Notes

Pilates should be practiced for 45 minutes at least 3 days per week to provide the greatest cardiovascular benefit

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