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Digital Subscriptions > Healthy Magazine > August 2016 > THE CLASS REFORMER PILATES


It promises flexibility, weight loss and toning – if you take on the intimidating rig. Columnist Esther Walker puts on her brave face
Esther prepares to stretch herself...
Photographs Tom Watkins


The first exercise class I ever did in earnest was Pilates. My teacher was Anna at Down to Earth in Kentish Town, London. Our children were similar ages and we’d briefly console each other in the five minutes before class started. She didn’t mind if I stayed at the back and only did half the things she suggested. I was safe there; she was the one person in my life who didn’t give me a hard time.

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We’re staying #Hotandhealthy in the August issue of healthy. This issue we’re talking about sex: from the results of our sex survey – and how to stay satisfied between the sheets – to our deliciously satisfying, sexy salads to sustain you while the sun shines. We explore how to put heart into mindfulness, brush up on how to really listen, and ask what’s the best age to live to? We have expert advice on how to look and feel your best, from ethical beauty buys through to help for allergies and strategies for backache. Plus, we examine whether splashing out on exercise gear equals a better workout?