Pilates is a form of exercise and body conditioning developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century, mostly as a method of injury recovery for dancers.
Today, Pilates is a type of mind-body practice that focuses on improving core strength, body awareness, and breath control.
Pilates also offers an opportunity to socialize, changing the levels of chemicals in the brain (serotonin, cortisol, and endorphins), providing a distraction from negative thoughts, releasing stress, enhancing mindfulness, and helping to create a self-care routine.
What’s more, Pilates can increase your muscle tone, flexibility, and strength, as well as help you recover from injuries.
While not a high-intensity workout, Pilates gets your heart pumping and combines strength and resistance training with deep stretching.