As humans we breathe on average about 18,000 breaths per day! Breathing is important in the Pilates method of exercise for delivering oxygen to the body as well as supporting blood flow and circulation. Pilates is an exercise trend developed in New York City by Joseph Pilates and soon became all the rage all over the world. With its full body conditioning routine participants will increase their flexibility and build strength and endurance all while maintaining posture and control. Not only is Pilates a great place to start achieving a healthy and active lifestyle it has many other benefits associated with this type of fitness activity.