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Are you trying to get in shape, but aren't sure where to start? Maybe you aren't good at dieting? And when it comes to running, you're just not up for the chase. How can you get fit in another way? The answer is pilates. It is a type of exercise that focuses on precise, controlled movements rather than racing to 100 jumping jacks. Although cardio is still important and you should try salad once in a while, pilates might be the routine that allows you to gain core strength.

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1. What is Pilates?

Joseph Pilates developed a form of exercise called Contrology to focus on a mind-body connection. The mind should control thoughtful, careful movements of the body. When you understand how the body works, you can maximize your efforts because this exercise incorporates the concept of strengthening all of your movements as they are connected to one powerful core.

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