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Through breathing and specific movements, Pilates exercises work to lengthen and strengthen muscles. The results are improved breathing and body alignment, more graceful movement, increased body awareness, and expanded range of motion.
In addition, more energy, less pain, more oxygen to your muscles and steadier balance make daily life easier.
A Canadian study of hospitalized patients 70 and older found that those who were given a set of Pilates exercises that could be performed in bed recovered more rapidly than a control group given a set of passive range-of-motion exercises.
Carole Carson, author of From Fat to Fit: Turn Yourself into a Weapon of Mass Reduction, serves as the coach for the AARPFat to Fit online community.