Pilates is a very popular form of exercise with pensioners and regular sessions will improve mobility, suppleness, stamina and general levels of fitness.

Each of the exercises has its own name, such as The Plank, in which you pretend to be a plank, Prenatal Modified Swimming, in which you pretend to be a fertilised jellyfish, and The Saw, in which you pretend to be an old proverb or adage.

Sessions normally last between 45 minutes and an hour, after which most pensioners warm down by going to the nearest garden centre for tea and a large piece of Battenberg.