Why Pilates helps you in older age
Updated: Nov 12, 2019
Do you ever wonder what exercise you should do as you get older? Don't feel like you have the energy you used to have? Is an injury or recurring pain stopping you from exercising? It's time to turn to Pilates for help!
"Pilates is perfect for older adults because it does not have the impact on the body that other forms of exercise do, and is not nearly as severe on the joints as most workouts are," says Ellie Herman, owner of several Pilates studios, and a renowned Pilates instructor and author. "It really is a gentle way to exercise."
Most conventional workouts tend to build short, bulky muscles more prone to injury–especially in the body of an older adult. Pilates focuses on building a strong "core"–the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine. Many of the exercises are performed in reclining or sitting positions, and most are low impact and partially weight-bearing. It also can positively affect postural positions.
If you are older and looking for a way to restart an exercise program or do something that has less impact on your joints then Pilates-based exercises are a perfect way to get back to fitness. Sara Rounce, founder of The Wellwoman Fitness Foundation (www.thewellwomanfitnessfoundation.co.uk) in Surrey, provides exercises for the older generations that uses the principles of Pilates and helps the body stay strong, supple and aligned. She has been teaching exercises to people in their 70's, 80's and 90's regularly for over 10 years and always provides a fun, relaxed chair-based exercise session. Sara says: "It's amazing what exercises can be done sitting or using a chair! The exercises are varied, suited to the needs of all my clients and we also use small equipment to add variety and resistance in some of the exercise sessions. My clients are always grateful and leave feeling more energised with a big smile on their face! From a teacher's perspective it is very rewarding to see clients improving their mobility and always coming back for more. "