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Once a favorite of 1930s New York


City dancers George Balanchine and Martha Graham, Pilates now has 10 million followers in the United States alone.


improvements to your body and of what it’s capable is incredibly motivat- ing. “You will have a new respect for your body and be more likely to take better care of it,” she says.


Complete with Cardio


No weight loss regimen is complete without cardiovas- cular work. Com-


bining the strength training of Pilates and a consistent cardio session works to help you lose weight and tone up nearly twice as fast as doing either routine on its own. Walking up hills works, or to add variety and challenge, “Consider swimming, running or the ellipti- cal machine,” suggests Ungaro. “Steady-state activity is great for cardio conditioning.”


Victoria Everman, a freelance writer in San Francisco, California, contributes to Gaiam.com, from which this was adapted.


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