A Serious Look at Why Pilates Is a MUST for the Older Body!
Say anything you want about getting older, but one thing is clear, it’s tough on the body!
This provocative post takes a close look at why exactly Pilates is such a relief for the older body.
I’ve talked about it several times from my own experience as an aging Pilates instructor, the bottom line is that I feel great at 62, but not unless I have my morning Pilates fix!
But this post surprised me – some of the author’s points I had not considered but they are so true!
Oh, and if you’re young share this with your mom!
Take a look!
How Pilates Make You Feel Younger
Now is the time to look and feel your best; here are 10 ways Pilates makes you feel younger…
1. Body Awareness
No matter where you work out – in a class full of people, or in the privacy of your own home – Pilates embraces your body. Joints, muscles, skin, etc. The entire body is in tune when you are moving, twisting, and bending. If you go from cubicle to couch, you are not experiencing the body’s beautiful fluidity and sexy form. Pilates allows you to love your body at any age.
Posture and poise are certainly signs of youth. An elongated body, shoulders back, chin firm in place, definitely emits an air of confidence. Pilates expert Jillian Hessel explains, “Pilates can be a wonderful solution to all these poor postural habits because the exercises encourage bilateral, even muscle development and flexibility at the same time. A good Pilates workout doesn’t have to be long or exhausting — but it can and will rebalance your body over time.”
3. Strength, Stamina, and Balance
Youth is the equivalent of strength, stamina, and balance. As you age, you want to have the strength to play tennis, ride a bicycle, swim in the ocean, or other favorite activity. Age should not be a limitation if you stay fit and flexible. SparkPeople blogger and certified Pilates expert Nicole Nichols reports, “Pilates is definitely a good way to begin strengthening your body if weight training intimidates you. If you are completely opposed to doing strength training, or can’t for some health or medical reason, you will still see some strength benefits from a Pilates-based fitness program.”
4. Better Breathing
Taking deep, intentional breaths is a stepping stone to good health. Breathing techniques relieve stress, anxiety, tension, and so much more. Pilates, like yoga, is all about inhaling and exhaling on cue. The timing of each breath matters. As you breathe deeply, circulation increases and oxygen is released throughout the body, renewing and rejuvenating youthfulness.
5. Relieve Stress, Tension, and Pain
As we grow older, stress and tension can equal pain. Sore joints and achy muscles are not a sign of youth. Through breathing and intentional movement, Pilates can relieve stress and tension. Pilates has also been known to relieve the pain of sciatica and the symptoms of fibromyalgia….
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