There are a lot of benefits for people over 60 who include Pilates in their everyday life. These benefits are related to the strength that is built in the core muscles. The “core” of the body is also known as the powerhouse of the body, which include the legs, hips, back, abdominals and arms.
Some of the benefits include;
• Gently getting your body back in shape
Being sedentary is one of the worst things we can do for our health. In the modern world sitting is all too common due to the modern world full of conveniences and indoor living. It doesn’t matter what level of fitness and cardiovascular strength you have, you can start Pilates at any time because it is safe and has low-impact movements. However, just to be sure, you should always check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program or if you haven’t exercised in a while.
• Improving your posture and confidence
Pilates is a great way to strengthen and tone the muscles of the body, with all the movements starting from the core. Pilates helps make your back stronger, which helps you to stand up straighter. It can have a positive effect on how you carry yourself throughout the day.
• Building stronger bones
Older individuals are at higher risk of developing osteoporosis. Pilates is weight-bearing, which helps with “bone building” to strengthen the bones and muscles. Also, Pilates helps to build bone without exposing the body to some of the risks you can encounter by doing gym based exercises.
• Makes workouts more convenient
Pilates can be done without the use of equipment and in almost any setting.
• Helps to get your life in balance
Exercise plays an important role in every aspect of our health including mine, body and spirit. With older age exercising is not just about looking and feeling good, but also about increasing energy levels and flexibility. Pilates can help you to stay active and take advantage of every life opportunity. Pilates can also give you a sense of accomplishment and help to build your self-esteem.
• Making new friends
Pilates is also a great way to meet new people. It gives us an opportunity to get out of the house and meet people with a similar desire to improve themselves.
Joseph Pilates, the founder of Pilates said that, “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, you are old. If at the age of 60 you are supple and strong, then you are young.”