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Want to be supple and strong at the age of 60? Try Pilates classes!

19th November 2015

Want to be supple and strong at the age of 60? Try Pilates classes!
As we get older, it's only natural that we start to exercise less, but the further you get out of the habit, the more difficult it becomes to start up again. On the other hand, the older we get, the more important exercise becomes. It's a bit of a vicious cycle.

The chances of you taking up rugby again, or returning to the gym might not be that high. Naturally, older people just don't have as much energy as younger ones. They might not be able to handle more rigorous exercise. That's just life, although there are examples where this is not the case. That's why pilates classes are a great solution to this problem.

Pilates for over 50's - The Benefits

Joseph Pilates once said; “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."

Pilates is a gentle form of exercise that won't leave you out of breath or exhausted, so it's great for the heart and lungs. It's very good for people just returning to an exercise routine. Pilates follows a controlled routine of movements which are low stress on the muscles and therefore low impact on the body.

Consequently, it is very effective. Pilates helps to build the body's core strength, while also improving flexibility, particularly in the joints. This is something that is highly beneficial to older people, who more commonly suffer from the likes of arthritis and osteoporosis. Pilates can help relieve the tension in those joints and allows for more comfortable movement. It will also lower the chances of the onset of these problems if you don't already suffer from them.

It's especially good for back pain and is now often recommended as a form of physiotherapy by the NHS. It helps loosen the muscles and increase flexibility to the lumbar spine. This also helps people suffering from pelvic floor issues and declining mobility.

What type of Pilates is best for seniors?

The most common forms of pilates are reformer pilates and pilates mat classes. More often than not, the style chosen is dependent on the level of experience. If you are looking for a beginner pilates class, then mat classes are probably more suitable to ease the body into it and learn the basic principles of pilates. However for the more experienced pilates students, reformer classes are a more viable option.

Reformer pilates uses specialised equipment such as reformers, Wundachairs and Cadillacs to create a more challenging workout. The equipment is designed to add resistance to the workout, therefore making the muscles work harder in more dynamic ways. With the versatility of the equipment allowing it to work in different ways, they really push the body to it's limit which ultimately has great results.

Mat work is a more traditional form of Pilates. Where it has evolved over the years, it has begun to introduced the use of some equipment, such as balls, foam rollers, magic circles and stress bands. It is a great way for beginners to start their pilates experience and the basic breathing techniques and movements it teaches create a good workout to improve the body's core strength.

How do I find an over 50's pilates class near me?

On Pilates Near You, there are hundreds of Pilates instructors and Pilates Studios offering a range of different classes. So if you're looking for a Pilates mat class, or a reformer pilates class then their will be something to suit your needs.

To find a class near you, simply enter your postcode into our class finder tool and this will locate pilates instructors and studios in your local neighbourhood.

Once you have chosen a class that you suits your schedule, make sure you get in touch with the instructor. If you suffer from any of the problems listed in this article, it's best to discuss it with the instructor first so they can get a feel for what is most suitable for you.

In more serious cases of injury or joint pain, it is also recommended you contact your doctor first to seek their medical advice.
Source: Pilates Near You