According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2030, all baby boomers will be older than 65. As the senior population continues to grow more people are looking for a regular exercise routine that will keep them active and healthy longer. And the answer they are looking for is Pilates for seniors, a whole-body exercise method that improves joint mobility, balance, and spine articulation.
Joseph Pilates, the founder of the method, practiced Pilates until his death at age 83. He believed we can improve our health the longer we live. He said, “Every moment of our life can be the beginning of great things.”
Whether you are a pro at Pilates or just thinking about starting and want to take this moment to begin a great thing, here are 5 benefits of Pilates for seniors.
1. Builds functional core strength
Core strength is vital for everyday movements. Movements such as standing, pushing a grocery cart, and walking all originate in the core. The stronger your core, the better balance, and stability you have and therefore will be less prone to falls and injury. According to a study published in the Journal of Sports Science & Medicine, falls were reduced in a group of senior women who practiced Pilates compared to another group who did not. A weak core can negatively impact other functions as your body’s muscles try to step in to accommodate for weak core muscles.
2. It’s a gentle and efficient form of exercise
Pilates focuses on the quality of low-impact movement. It’s not stressful on joints like other forms of exercise can be. It’s an ideal exercise to begin even if you haven’t exercised in some time (or ever!) or to rehab from age-related ailments such as arthritis and osteoporosis.
3. Better balance
Since the primary focus of Pilates is on the core, those who regularly practice Pilates improve their balance.
4. More energy (fewer aches and pains and improved quality of life)
While the same could be said for any type of exercise, Pilates for seniors helps individuals improve their energy level and improve their quality of life. Many report fewer aches and pains, too.
5. It’s fun!
When you step into a welcoming Pilates studio such as Taylor Pilates and Fitness, your Pilates session will soon become one of your most favorite activities every week!
Lastly, it is important to work with a certified instructor when you do Pilates so he/she can modify and adjust movements that will be best for your health and lifestyle needs. Another great benefit of Pilates for seniors is that as your strength grows your Pilates practice can grow, too, and you’ll be able to continue to progress exercises and enjoy the variety of movements and equipment options unique to Pilates.
As with any fitness program, be sure to check with your healthcare provider first before starting. We look forward to helping you move well, feel well, and live well. Please call or text us today at 303-472-6743 to schedule your introductory session.