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  Original Published: 7/7/2013  Perhaps summer is the reason you have your midsection on your mind, or it might just be that you want to exercise that area more.   Experts say that workouts for the core, which includes the back, are often neglected. One way to exercise the muscles in your core is through pilates.     Susan Hendricks has more on this workout in today's Health Minute.   Terri Jackson Wade has been doing Pilates for the past eight years.   "It allows me to elongate my muscles," she says. "It allows me to have those core muscles I once had."   The core, or center, is made up of the pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen.   Pilates exercises focus on strengthening muscles in these areas.   Terri's instructor, Yvette Hassell, says strong core muscles can help make everyday activities less difficult.   "One strengthening their core is not just for aesthetic reasons," says Hassell. "If your movement is strong and fluid, then it;s done with ease.   Hassell instructs beginners to be mindful of their form.   But longtime students of Pilates, like Terri, may prefer a smaller class setting for more one-on-one attention as well as for more focused instruction.   "Technique is the most important thing in exercise in general," says Hassell. "It's not about quantity, its about quality."   Hassell suggest those interested in Pilates sign up for a beginners' class to learn the moves correctly.   Experts say newbies to any exercise should be cautious. Listen to their body.   Strengthening the muscles in your back, for instance, is not guaranteed to prevent you from getting any type of back injury along the way, or down the road.
   
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