Fitness Over 60 Tips: Why Pilates is Perfect for Older Women
Since the 1990s, the popularity of Pilates has skyrocketed. Its rise is largely due to its ability to be practiced almost anywhere… and by almost anyone! Visits to the gym could almost be obsolete as many opt to take their exercise routine to the living room, bedroom or even poolside. Here are some reasons Pilates is the answer to most fitness over 60 concerns.
Cure Your Bad Posture
According to Lynne Robinsons “Pilates Bible,” poor posture is one of the most ageing qualities. Luckily, Pilates is all about improving posture, flexibility and taking full control of your body.
The exercise methods are perfect for everyone from young office workers stuck in a desk chair all day, to keen gardeners and DIY lovers who find themselves bending and stretching to complete their craft. Body Control Pilates is a method founded by Lynne Robinson and widely accredited for its ability to target back pain.
Improve Joints and Bones
Much like gentle yoga, Pilates can target hips and joints to increase flexibility in mature bodies. Unlike other methods of exercise, Pilates is very gentle and therefore is a great way to get back into keeping fit without pushing yourself too far. After all, mature exercise should be focused on maintaining fitness levels to the best of our ability in order to stay active.
Because of Pilates focus on improving all parts of the body, this results in a strong “core.” This helps tackle a common problem for the over 60 population, as many find their balance and coordination is weakened in later life. You don’t have to wait to visit the gym to take advantage of this either, as a great advantage of Pilates is its ability to be practised almost anywhere.
As well as providing many physical benefits, the method also presents an opportunity to improve your brain activity. Simply by regularly practicing Pilates, you will continually learn new exercises and add new movement skills to your existing knowledge. This improvement in coordination and choreography aids memory as you begin to understand how to adapt your body and movements.
No Age Limit
The flexibility of Pilates to tackle a range of physical ailments means it can be tailored for all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities. Seniors can easily join a group class and still benefit from individual tuition and advice.
Jyoti Sigouin, a Flavours Holidays Pilates Instructor, recommends joining a group class. It can be a fun way to meet new friends and aid your progression. Jyoti explains no two classes are ever the same “I’m constantly tweaking and changing exercises” which goes to show how much personalisation can be had in a group environment.