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Weight loss: 4 pilates exercises to help you shed kilos

By Priyanka Verma 
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Pilates exercises to help you lose weight:Low-impact exercises like Pilates can help you strengthen the muscles in your body and also increase flexibility. In addition, it can aid your weight loss goals and assist you in burning some major calories.

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Pilates are workout routines that primarily target the core. However, it also works for other parts of the body. It can be done with or without equipment, but the focus lies on breathing and involves slow and gentle movements. As far as the exercise is concerned, it can be done on a mat or a machine called a reformer.

That said, if you’re looking to lose some weight without intense workouts, Pilates are your jam. Here are some Pilates moves you can resort to.

Plank jacks

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Step 1: Start with a plank position on a mat, with your arms extended, hands under your shoulders and feet together.

Step 2: Jump your legs open and back together, keeping your core engaged.

Step 3: Continue to jump in and out, with your back flat. Do not let your hips droop down.

Step 4: Repeat for 10–20 seconds to start. You can make it more intense by extending the time to 60 seconds or going at a faster rate.

Swimming

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Step 1: Lay flat on your stomach, with your forehead down, legs straight and together.

Step 2: Stretch your arms straight, pull your abs in and keep your feet pointed.

Step 3: Lift your arms, legs, chest, and head up on one count, and hold.

Step 4: Alternately, lift your right arm with left leg and left arm with right leg. Inhale and exhale normally.

Step 5: Count from 1-10 and repeat the move slowl.

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V-ups

Step 1: Lie down on a mat and form a ‘V’, with your head, back and legs lifted upwards away from the floor.

Step 2: Once your body has formed a V, hold the position for 5 seconds and relax.

Step 3: Repeat again and do at least 10 reps of the same.

Crisscross

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Step 1: Lie on your back, with both your hands layered, palm over palm behind your head.

Step 2: Bend your knees and bring your shins up.

Step 3: Inhale, engage your torso and try to touch your right elbow to your left knee, straightening your right leg forward and holding it a few inches above the mat

Step 4: Exhale and return back to the initial position, repeating the same on the other side.

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