Pilates is one of the best workouts for women. It is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, after whom it was named.
With these exercises you’ll get stronger, more sculpted muscles and gain flexibility. You may also have better posture and a better sense of well-being after performing these training.
It's demanding, but it's not the kind of workout that always works up a sweat. It’s all about concentration and breathing. But you’ll definitely feel it in your muscles during each exercise. It is not a highly intensive cardio workout, therefore it is also good for late evening workout. This way your training does not interfere with your sleeping routine and day rhythm.
You may practice it at home, preferably in a quiet surrounding. Make sure that you dedicate some time to the training, at least 30 minutes.
Yes, you’ll need a mat. Some gyms have special machines for Pilates, called a Reformer. You can get a modified version for your home, but you probably don’t need it.
Here is a good instruction video for home exercise for beginners.
Do not try to reach the limits for your body performing the exercises. The key to success here is the balance and listening to yourself.
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