Pilates for all ages:
As our bodies age, we tend to exercise less, and the less exercise we do, the harder it is to start again. But the older we get the more important exercise becomes for our well being.
Problems associated with poor posture, being overweight and poor muscle tone worsen with age, and knock-on effects such as aches and pains, osteoporosis, poor circulation, insomnia, and lack of energy, can become even more problematic.
The good news is that Pilates is a safe form of exercise for all ages and is particularly suitable for people who haven’t exercised in a while.
Working at your own pace, you will build up your stamina, strength and flexibility; stretching, lengthening and strengthening muscles as you do so. And because Pilates exercises are performed with precision and control, the risk of injury is greatly reduced too
Re-Energize Your Life:
The principle objective of Pilates is to build abdominal, back and pelvic strength, resulting in body toning and improved posture.
Breathing techniques are also an important part of Pilates, helping the delivery of oxygen to the body as well as boosting your energy levels.
As Pilates is incredible flexible it can be tailored to each individual needs and abilities, so it can be a very gentile way of exercising if needed, and as my class members know, I am constantly tweaking and changing exercises for individuals within class. However, this doesn’t mean that it’s not an effective exercise, as Pilates focuses on strengthening the core, the so-called “powerhouse” of our body”, which helps tackle problems with balance and stability. A common problem for the over 50 population and it will increase your control over your spine, core and legs leading to great posture, a stronger and leaner body and an overall greater awareness of ow to move your body in correct alignment.
The Pilates method also presents an opportunity to improve your memory and focus. Regularly Pilates exercise will increase your memory by continuously learning new exercises and add new movement skills to your existing. By allowing your brain to relax, you will also increase concentration and focus.
Arthritis and Osteoporosis:
Pilates is especially effective at relieving back pain, joint inflammation, swelling, arthritis, and tension throughout the body.
After a few sessions, your range of movement will increase and you will notice a reduction in swelling and inflammation.
By improving your blood circulation, there are add on benefits such as an improvement in bone density – important not only for those already suffering from osteoporosis, but also for those wishing to avoid it.
If at 60 you are supple and strong then you are young:
Joseph Pilates said that…
“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. In order to achieve happiness, it is imperative to gain mastery of your body. If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, you are old. If at 60 you are supple and strong then you are young.”
A hundred years later many doctors, osteopaths and physiotherapists seem to agree with him and increasingly recommend Pilates for people who aren’t very fit, have aches and pains or have been through injuries or illnesses.
A good Pilates teacher will understand any underlying health issues:
Although, Pilates is a fantastic exercise for all ages, the most important factor in making it work for you is having a good teacher who will:
- limit the size of their classes so that they can give everybody individual attention (we never have more than 6 people to a class her at Tiptoe Pilates)
• make sure that they understand any underlying health issues that might affect your ability to exercise
• adjust any of the exercises to make them suitable for you
• keep up to date with the current research into exercise.