Women who practice pilates consistently for at least 6 months may improve life satisfaction, total physical self-concept and perceptions of their own appearance, functionality and health status, according to research published in Women Health (2011: 51). This was a study of  80 women ages 25-55. After 6 months the pilates group member showed significant improvement in life satisfaction, total physical self- concept, perceptions of appreciation by other people and perception of their own physical appearance, functionality and health status.