The NHS gives guidelines for amount of physical activity that we need to stay healthy throughout our lives. How much physical activity we need to do each week depends on our age.
For both adults and older adults, 2 types of physical activity are needed each week: aerobic exercise and strength exercises.
In summary, from age 19 and over, we should be doing 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity (or equivalent) per week as well as strength exercises on 2 or more days a week that work all the major muscle groups.
Pilates is not aerobic, but it does strengthen all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms). If you come to a weekly Pilates class, try to do another session at home, along with some daily aerobic activity so as to meet the recommendations.
Click on the links below to read more for each of the age groups: