Conditioning Your Body to Age Gracefully and Preserving the Longevity of Your Muscles and Joints
For many seniors out there, the idea of ageing gracefully can seem completely impossible and out of reach, especially when the passing of time is so often marked by significant changes in areas such as your breath, flexibility, strength, focus and balance. Aching joints, muscles and bones and a deep sense of lethargy are just even more reasons to not want to engage in physical activity. For those living and managing issues with bone density, training bone strength with Pilates for Osteoporosis is a perfect reason to get started.
It is never too late to learn to use your body in a smarter, more efficient fashion through Pilates for Seniors – it is gentle enough to be right for you at any age since every exercise can be modified and the aforementioned changes are all areas that can be improved or even reversed through it. Also, as compared to other forms of exercise, Pilates for Seniors is the best antidote for older adults as it causes less physical strain on the body.
Is Pilates Suitable for an Elderly?
While wonderful for those of all ages, Pilates has real benefits for seniors in particular. It is a gentle way to exercise, because it is gentle on the joints and focuses on correct form instead of going for the burn.
Even if you are 60 or older and are active, you are can start too! However, you should consult with your doctor before beginning any new exercise if you have any pre-existing conditions or have not been active for a while.
What You Can Expect from our Pilates for Seniors Sessions
During Your Session / Conditions to Take Note of
Apart from making sure to let your instructor know your goals, it is also important to highlight any limitations or pre-existing conditions so they can modify the session and exercises to suit you. Here are some examples of said conditions and how they should be handled:
Chronic Pain from Poor Movement Habits / Limited Range of Motion
Do not try to force anything. Move deliberately and slowly, using your breath to help you. You will still reap benefits from exercises performed within a smaller range of motion.
Overall Aches and Pains / Flagging Energy and Fatigue
Take your time and don’t rush into the movements. Pilates requires focus, attention, deliberate movement, slowing down, and staying aware of your body.
Degenerative Disc Diseases, Joint Issues or Arthritis
Avoiding or modifying exercises that tire or strain joints is important in such cases – a gradual, slow progression would be best.
You would be well guided to execute exercises involving bending forward or rolling on your back, as well as twisting at the spine.
Improves Agility and Prevent Falls
Improves Bone Density and Muscle Mass
Improves Stability and Balance
Prevents Age-related Illnesses
Increase Lung Capacity for Better Breathing
Develops Mind-Body Connection
Look and Feel Younger and More Confident
Beginner Pilates for Seniors
We count many seniors among our loyal clients and journeying with them as they rediscover their body’s abilities to move and function well is always an immense pleasure. We look forward to helping you (or perhaps, a dear parent) along your journey as well so do get in touch if you have any enquiries and concerns!