Pilates works your core - Women's Health & Fitness

3. Improve core stability

The ‘core’ refers to the group of muscles that run the length of the torso and stabilise the spine, pelvis and shoulders – it consists of far more than just abdominals.

These muscles are essential for standing upright and moving and are therefore vital to fitness training. The stronger they are, the easier any movement will be – and the better the results from cardio and resistance training.

Yoga and Pilates are excellent activities to build core strength, as is Body Balance, swimming and dancing.

"Body weight exercises are very effective in building a strong core and a set of sit-ups, abdominal braces, plank exercises and lunges will do wonders. Try 50 repetitions of pelvic floor squeezes then holding a plank position for 60 seconds every day."