Anti-Aging Pilates Moves!

Reasons why most exercise ages you but Pilates doesn’t!

Ever wonder why certain workouts make you feel worse rather than better? Most exercise programs overwork one part of your body and under serve another. Pilates doesn’t do this even if you pick and choose your Pilates exercises. But that’s not the only reason Pilates makes you younger!

And did you know most exercise routines are actually harming your joints? That’s right. Any exercise with harsh movement is slowly but surely taking a toll. Not Pilates! Slow and controlled movement with an emphasis on form rather than reps is the secret. Find out several more secrets.

Here’s why Pilates is as close as you’re going to get to the fountain of youth!

 

Germany, Hamburg, Yoga instructor and female trainee doing yoga exercise in gym room
Germany, Hamburg, Yoga instructor and female trainee doing yoga exercise in gym room

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Is exercise making you age faster?  With all we do to keep ourselves fit and trim we may actually be doing more harm than good. In 1982 I took my first Pilates lesson. Several years later I met my teacher and mentor Romana Kryzanowska. She was almost 70 years old and moved better than most fit 20 and 30 year olds. I studied with her for a decade and was continually amazed by her level of physical agility.

“Pilates is the fountain of youth” she proclaimed one day.

I was only in my 20’s the first time I heard her say it. Now, nearly 3 decades later, I can attest to this fact. Pilates truly keeps your body and spirit young. And it does so in very specific ways. Want to know how? Sure you do. Here are just some of the ways Pilates is a veritable fountain of youth, in no particular order.

  1. Breathing.  Pilates teaches you to breathe fully and deeply. Oxygen saturation to your cells has been shown to improve energy as well as cognitive abilities. That means no more tired sluggish forgetfulness regardless of your age.
  2. Full Body Exercise. Pilates eschews high repetitions favoring low reps and good form with each move. You’ll avoid poor body mechanics and repetitive stress injuries like you would see with high repetition and cardio based exercise. Addressing all body parts equally keeps the body symmetrically strengthened and mobile for decades.
  3. Complete Range of Motion. Each movement in Pilates promotes full range of motion of the joints. Such exercise lubricates joints and preserves healthy tissues for the long haul. Maintaining the ability to sit, stand, kneel and bend is key to longevity and well-being. By contrast, if you were to indoor cycle exclusively over the long-term you may seriously limit your spinal range of motion and tighten your chest and shoulders as well. Tight bodies limit movements. When your movement is limited you become more sedentary and the aging process accelerates. Perform your Pilates Mat daily and avoid this cycle all too commonly associated with aging.

For 2 more reasons go to http://pilates.about.com/od/pilatesforeverybody/fl/5-Anti-Aging-Properties-of-Pilates.htm.

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