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Here Are The Actual Differences Between Yoga And Pilates (Video)

So you've heard about yoga and Pilates. You've heard these classes supposedly change people's bodies, lower their stress levels and make them happier.

You vaguely know both focus on stretching and strength. But what's the difference between the two?

As PumpUp points out in the video above, yoga is a lot older than Pilates. It started in Southeast Asia 5,000 years ago, and Pilates wasn't around until the early 1900s.

And while yoga has a reputation for being all about stretching, it is — but it's also about strengthening your entire body, especially your arms and back.

Pilates has a focus, though: your core. It's a great pre-bikini season workout, if you ask us.

As for busting stress and increasing happiness, both workouts focus on the mind-body connection, but yoga also incorporates spirituality.

Long story short: Both workouts are awesome, and it ultimately comes down to personal preference.

Our recommendation? Give both a try.

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Leigh is obsessed with all things health, fitness and wellness. When she's not writing about healthy ways to cook with pumpkin and the latest fitness trends, you can probably find her running along the East River or blending up a green smoothie ...
Leigh is obsessed with all things health, fitness and wellness. When she's not writing about healthy ways to cook with pumpkin and the latest fitness trends, you can probably find her running along the East River or blending up a green smoothie ...

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