The Benefits Of Pilates For SeniorsNovember 21, 2019
Fancy yourself as a bit of a silver sneaker! Then you’ve come to the right place. Strictly speaking, you don’t need sneakers to enjoy Reformer Pilates. A pair of grippy socks will do! If you’re of a certain age and still keen to keep active. Or perhaps you have been told by a professional that you need to do more exercise? Then Pilates is an excellent starting point.
Two sessions of Pilates a week is enough for you to notice significant improvements.
Here at our state of the art reformer studios in Essex, we love welcoming new clients through the doors. No matter what age or level of ability.
Our qualified instructors are especially good at looking after our senior clients. Instilling confidence, as well as reclaiming the flexibility you thought was just a long lost memory!
You’ll rediscover your toes, reconnect to your core and make some new friends along the way.
One look at the founding father of this increasingly popular activity for the over 65’s should be all the coaxing you, or an elderly loved one need, to try out a Reformer class.
Joseph Pilates was practising well into his 80’s. His strong abs, muscular legs and superb definition speak volumes about why we positively invite all seniors to give Pilates a go. Just remember to listen to your body and allow Pilates to work with you, not against you.
Our bodies show up differently every day. That’s no different whether we’re 25, 45, or 65.
Pilates for Seniors
As with our younger practitioners, you are going to derive so many benefits. Pilates helps with balance and stability, maintains flexibility and muscle tone and can help fight against issues like osteoporosis and back pain.
The beauty of Pilates is that all the exercises can be modified. There is always regression and progression. You can start slow, on a lower spring in a seated position. Then, as your confidence and strength build, increase the repetitions, add on more weight and move up to a kneeling position. Within a few months of regularly practising Pilates, you will be staggered by just what your mind and your body have been able to achieve. The results are wonderful. It’s like having a new lease of life.
While we don’t hold Senior specific Pilates classes currently at CONTOUR Pilates, we do have several Beginner’s lessons on the timetable. They provide an excellent introduction. Click HERE to view the schedule. We also offer one-to-one sessions with our instructors. These can be a fantastic way of trying out a class in privacy. Building up your confidence before you join a small group class. A private lesson will provide an excellent foundation to learn the basics.
Special Considerations for Seniors Starting Pilates
The same rules apply no matter what age you are. You must communicate any physical limitations or on-going injuries or conditions with your instructor before the class begins. That way exercises can be safely modified.
For Seniors returning to exercise after an illness, injury, or just a significant gap in time, it’s also advisable to check with your healthcare advisor or professional first.
Issues that you might find you are struggling with, such as balance, flexibility, endurance and strength, can all absolutely be tackled and improved with regular Reformer Pilates classes. Your instructor will keep a watchful eye on you to ensure that you’re not overexerting yourself.
As many of the exercises in Pilates are performed either seated or lying down, there’s less risk of falling over than there would be with other forms of exercise.
Osteoporosis and Pilates
A weakening of the structure of the bones is a common occurrence with both men and women over the age of 65. The chances of osteoporosis increase, bone density is weakened and there’s a higher propensity towards broken bones.
The gentle yet effective weight-bearing nature of Pilates is excellent when it comes to preventing osteoporosis. For those of you who might already be suffering from this bone disease, all is not lost. While you might not be able to do some of the forward flexion or spine twisting techniques, your qualified Pilates instructor will be able to suggest plenty of alternatives so that you can enjoy a full workout.
Arthritis and Pilates
People suffering from joint issues and complaints such as arthritis will also hugely benefit from Reformer Pilates. With awareness and focus, you can work on increasing your mobility. Pay attention to your body and don’t do anything that feels too stressful. Only you know if something is not quite right. You’ve nobody to compete against, so respect your body and especially your spine. There’s absolutely no pushing through the pain at Pilates. Slow down, ask for modifications and work slower and in a smaller range.
Just a few repetitions done slowly and with precision in Pilates will bring significant gains.
If you’re intrigued about Pilates and want to try out this incredible workout in a safe and professional, friendly environment, then drop us a line today and we’ll help you get booked (and hooked) on Pilates.
You’re never too old and it’s never too late.
So if you’re a Senior who’s looking to stay flexible, reduce general aches and pains and still enjoy being sociable, we would love to greet you at CONTOUR Pilates. It could truly transform your overall well being and fitness.