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    Have you put off trying yoga because you think you're not flexible enough? Or you've heard of people getting injured? Or you think you have to sweat it out in a heated room?

Pilates is an exercise that instructor BJ Kramer says people at every fitness level can benefit from. Whether you're a beginner or advanced, you can go at your own pace.

"It's such a wide range of moves and poses available that anyone can do it; and all you have to do is start where you are and then you build," said Kramer.

While pilates training focuses on core strength, it trains the body as an integrated whole.

Pilates workouts promote strength and balanced muscle development, as well as flexibility and increased range of motion for the joints.

"We focus on the core; the abdominals, the back, the hips, the buttocks," said Kramer.

Kramer says many types of people, at many different levels of fitness who have begun doing pilates exercises, say they've seen improvements in everything from better range of motion to pain relief.

"When you strengthen the muscles around a joint, it helps to support that joint. When you strengthen the core, it helps to support your back, it helps with metabolism, because any time you're building muscles you're speeding up your metabolism," said Kramer.

She says that attention to core support and full-body fitness - including the breath and the mind -- provides a level of overall fitness that is hard to find anywhere else, even helping with things like better sleep at night and more focus during the day.

"It brings the mind and the body together because it incorporates movement and breathing. So, it also helps to calm you, because anytime you control your breathing, you calm your mind," said Kramer.

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