Pilates is a low-impact exercise developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. The Pilates method centers on stretching, strengthening, breath work, and properly aligning the body through slow and controlled movements.
Benefits of Pilates include improved flexibility, better core strength, and increased muscle tone—which explains why Pilates is effective for people of all ages. Pilates classes may include special equipment (called a Pilates apparatus) such as a Pilates Reformer or chairs. Others may use body weight exercises and resistance bands for an effective at-home Pilates workout.
If you want to improve core strength while making your body feel longer and stronger, Pilates is it.