If you are a senior and new to Pilates it is still not too late to improve your mobility with a safe and gentle exercise system that supports your body while you exercise.
As the clock runs forward and our hair turns grey, many of us will find ourselves living for much longer than our parents or grandparents. However it is a fact that we are by far the least physically active segment of the population and therefore some form of exercise is needed.
Pilates is one of the safest and most popular exercise options available. Exercising on Pilates equipment is the ideal approach for a more senior client as it addresses the important issues regarding the changes in the body that come with age. Our muscular strength decreases and physical inactivity will contribute to muscle loss which can result in early fatigue, reduced energy levels and loss of flexibility. This can affect our ability to walk, climb stairs or lift ourselves out of a chair. Pilates exercises can address these issues by improving strength, flexibility and balance.
Because of mobility or medical issues, seniors may not be best suited to a large group class. This type of class usually involves having to alternate several times between lying on the floor and standing. A tailored Pilates equipment session eliminates this need and you will not have to perform any exercises lying on the floor. The Pilates exercises on equipment are low impact, gentle and do not hurt, which means that they are very suitable for seniors at various levels of fitness. We have clients in their 60's, 70's and 80's. If you wish you may come along and watch a session before making a decision on whether go ahead.
Always consult with your doctor before embarking on any new fitness program, especially if you are over 50 years, have a pre-existing medical condition, or haven't exercised for a long time.
I started Pilates because my wife said I should. Why else? At 55 you know everything, so I was sceptical. I am now totally sold on the concept. It is the best thing that I have ever done. - John Hart, Bursar, Harrogate Ladies College.