As we grow older, it becomes more and more important to concentrate on strengthening our core muscles to help support our spine. Equally as important is to strengthen the smaller muscle groups to take some of the strain away from the larger counterparts.
The main principles of Pilates – the act of working isolated individual muscle groups without putting strain on other, sometimes fragile muscles and joints – align perfectly with the needs of those over 60. Not to be forgotten...Pilates also improves flexibility!
Pilates offers a low impact but effective way to strengthen and tone muscles. Exercise is important for everyone, but aerobic exercise puts a lot of strain on the heart, lungs and joints, something that can hinder those over 60. For men and women over 60, Pilates can be a good alternative – a low impact regime with huge benefits. Through Pilates, one learns to strengthen weak muscles and correct their posture. Even people who haven't exercised for 50 years can achieve a degree of flexibility they have not enjoyed since their twenties.
Some of the problems we experience as we age include kyphosis (also called roundback or hunchback), lordosis (commonly referred to as swayback or saddle back), lower back problems and frozen shoulder. By strengthening the muscle groups affected and increasing flexibility, Pilates can help relieve the pain that accompanies these ailments.
Some of the first joints to start to seize up as we age are our knees, ankles and hips, which can affect our sense of balance. This is why older people are more susceptible to falls. Pilates can help balance by keeping joints supple and increasing strength in the legs and the core. Pilates also improves proprioception, which is knowing where one's body is in a space. This really helps with balance.
Even those who have already begun suffering from Osteoporosis can benefit from practicing a modified Pilates routine. Pilates also helps to prevent Osteoporosis maintaining bone density. Keep in mind that it's naturally important to check with your doctor first before starting something new.
Pilates is quickly becoming increasingly popular amongst those who have had joint replacements – after the operation, Pilates can help re-build and strengthen the muscles surrounding the new joint, and prevent stiffness.
Pilates is the perfect body conditioning routine made up of various exercises that safely help mature adults build strength by improving flexibility, agility and motion.
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