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Just like stronger core muscles can help keep your posture upright, they can also improve your torso stability, says Betiku. And a more stable core makes it easier to balance on uneven surfaces, recover from stumbles, and stay mobile.
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Research shows that a regular Pilates practice can reduce anxiety and depression and increase energy levels. The workout’s focus on breathwork can also improve oxygen levels in your brain to help you think clearly, adds Betiku.
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Pilates’ repetitive movements work to lengthen your muscles and boost your range of motion, all of which Jenny says can enhance flexibility throughout your body. The best part? No splits are necessary.