For myself, I don't find it has any impact on my weight at all (if I use my heart monitor, it doesn't even get up into the 135s, so no real cardio benefit either), but it is brilliant keeping my back and knees in working order and is a great stress reliever.
Edited 1 times. Last edit at 15 November 2004 1.43pm by Siduhe.
Don't do Pilates with the objective of losing weight - it is designed to align the body and strengthen the 'core' area. I found that it did improve my posture, flexibiltiy and helped to deal my the lower back pain by strengthening the muscles around that area. I also discovered that I am not disciplined enough to keep up the exercises at home - supervision and the right equipment certainly helps to make sure you're doing things correctly - so as soon as I can afford it I'm going back to Studio 74!
if you want an all round body exercise, where you actually feel like you've done something positive afterwards, and a high chance of staying/returning/continuing you could try some kind of comunity gardening, or cider pressing, or some farm type labour. It can be healthy, and it'll be outside, and you get a real sense of achievement afterwards (not like at the gym), and it's probably cheaper!
Thanks for the suggestions - I do like Jon's ideas though would prefer something I could do either at lunchtimes or after the 20 month old reason for my expansion has gone to bed! I also do need some structure so an exercise class would certainly fulfill that. Thanks for the pilates info too - I think I might need to rethink what it is I should be doing anyway ... all suggestions welcome!!
sorry, no idea about where or when this could be done, but it was one of the things we were discussing over the weekend at Surrey Docks Farm (SE16) whilst pressing apples to make cider (see the chatter topics)
There is a way to do this - it's called the green gym and is run by the BTCV (british trust for conservation volunteers??) Basically you do outdoor conservation work, and get fit and do something good at the same time. I don't know where the nearest project to SE1 is, but this site should help: