As we age, staying fit is essential. This can be difficult, however, as many forms of exercise can cause injury or strain on the bodies of older adults. Pilates is increasing in popularity among seniors as a safe and effective way to stay in shape — for good reason.
Pilates is a gentle, low-impact exercise.
As a low-impact exercise, the risk of injury is reduced. It is a great option for those who haven't exercised in a while and would like to re-start an exercise program.
Pilates promotes quality over quantity of repetitions.
Seniors will learn proper movement as they rebuild their bodies for better function. The exercises can be modified to accommodate each individual's needs and abilities.
It is gentle on the joints.
The gentle mid-range movements used in Pilates decrease the chance of joints compressing. It can benefit adults with ailments such as arthritis or osteoporosis.
It is accommodating to those with balance issues.
Many of the exercises are done in sitting or reclining positions. On the reformer, you can strengthen the appropriate muscles needed for balance without fear of falling.
It focuses on the core.
While other forms of exercise build short, bulky muscles — which are injury-prone — Pilates focuses on lengthening and strengthening the "core," or the deep abdominal and back muscles.