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8 Reasons You’re Never Too Old for Pilates

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Too old for Pilates? You must be joking! Are you too old for a healthier, more fit body? Pilates is the perfect solution to getting the exercise you need without adding stress to your joints and muscles. Learning and practicing techniques that require efficiency and awareness can greatly improve your mental, spiritual and physical well-being, as well. You are never too old to look good and feel great! Here are 15 reasons to give Pilates a try at any age!

8. Flexibility

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Increased flexibility can be a godsend as you age. Pilates can help improve quality of movement in people who experience joint or muscle pain, and some people even acquire mobility and flexibility that they never had in their younger days. Keep in mind that your goal is not to build short, stocky muscles, but rather to extend and smooth your muscles for greater elasticity and flexibility.

7. Muscle Strength and Tone

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With increased mobility gained through Pilates comes the opportunity to work more muscles of the body. The more muscles you work, the more mobility you experience. That’s a nice catch-22, for a change; improvement feeds further improvement. In addition, toning muscles means less fat, which means your muscles can be used for other things besides carrying around extra weight.

6. Balance

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Building a balanced body is often an issue as people grow older. Balance is about control and stability, and achieving balance means increasing flexibility and building opposing muscles. Focusing too much on certain muscle groups can lead to muscular imbalances and injuries. A person with a well-balanced body is also less likely to fall, which is always a concern among seniors. One of the questions your doctor always asks is, “Have you had any falls in the last six months?” Pilates helps you say “no” to that one!

5. Posture

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Stabilization of the spine improves posture, and correct posture improves the positioning and functioning of your spine, your internal organs, and the alignment of the rest of your body. Imagine being able to sit, stand, and sleep easier, better, and for longer periods of time. Pilates exercises contribute to core strength, which also involves the abdomen. Abdominal muscles and those muscles in close proximity to the spine work together, integrating their strength to support everything from the shoulders, to the trunk, to the pelvis.

Marissa is a talented writer and journalist with a strong background in covering physical and mental health issues. Find Marissa on LinkedIn!

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