One of the cool things about Pilates, is that almost everyone can do it. From young to old, injured to athletic, we can all do it and gain benefits from it.
A lot of people think Pilates can only be done on a fancy piece of equipment found in a studio or gym. But, Pilates can be done at home or wherever you travel and can find a mat. Pilates can be so beneficial when you do it without equipment, because you are using your own body strength to do the workout. Taking a private or small group equipment class with an instructor is always the best way to get yourself going, but if you can't attend a session more than once a week, a simple mat workout is a great workout to add to your routine.
Some benefits of a regular Pilates workout:
Develops true strength
Improves athletic performance
Limbers the spine
Improves posture and alignment
Strengthens the core, also known as the "powerhouse"
Strengthens the limbs too
Strengthens the pelvic floor through proper engagement of the core
Increases mental focus and body awareness
Increases lung capacity through breathing
Develops good balance and coordination
It is a low impact exercise, great for those recovering from an injury
So go on, do your body a favor and try Pilates.