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Health Tip: Pilates

Focuses on the back and abdominal muscles

(HealthDayNews) -- Pilates, an exercise technique developed in the early 1900s, was once used mainly by dancers for injury rehabilitation and total body conditioning. In recent years, it's become a popular mainstream exercise.

Pilates focuses on the alignment and strength of the muscles of the abdomen and back -- often referred to as the core muscles, says a Mayo Clinic article.

Proper technique is essential when doing Pilates, which requires minimal equipment. If you want to learn Pilates, it's best to join a class taught by a qualified instructor. Before you start a Pilates course, check with your doctor.

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