The Benefits of Pilates Classes for Over 60’s
As Pilates Instructors, it’s always beneficial to lookout for untapped areas in the market that can help to grow our businesses and bring the benefits of Pilates to more people. One such area that is often overlooked is senior’s Pilates classes. With people living longer, and an increased focus on healthy lifestyles, more and more seniors are looking for ways to improve their health and maintain their well-being. In our Pilates teacher training courses at BASI Pilates, we cover modifications for exercises to accommodate for different levels of fitness, basic health concerns and of course, age.
Here are some of the great ways Pilates may benefit our senior enthusiasts:
There are many reasons why people may experience bone loss (called osteoporosis), and unfortunately one of these is age. As we get older our bones lose their density which weakens them and leaves us vulnerable to fractures and breaks. One way to help prevent and treat this is Pilates exercises! During your workout, stress is placed on your bones which signals your body to send new cells to the stressed area to repair and build new bone tissue, thereby strengthening your bones.
Ease Arthritis Pain
The low impact actions in Pilates make for smooth transitions in movements for your joints. Pilates also has a key focus on core strength which in turn helps to improve your posture, relieving your neck, spine and hips of strain. Strengthening the muscles around your joints allows for less pressure being exerted on your joints, helping you to keep your range of movement and easing the pain.
Improve Balance and Mobility
As we age, we tend to lead more sedentary lifestyles which can often lead to muscle atrophy and decreased balance and range of mobility. Pilates can help to maintain and even improve these areas by increasing core strength and improving posture for balance and stability. Pilates also helps to maintain and improve mobility through movements that target muscle flexibility.
Stave Off Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
Pilates exercises help to keep the mind and body connected, assisting in preventing and slowing the progression of some of the mental health issues many people experience with age such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Keeping up with your Pilates routine can have great effects on your brain, as it maintains the neural pathways and allows new connections to be made.
If you have been diagnosed with any medical conditions, always remember to consult with your health practitioner before you start exercising. You should also let your Pilates instructor know if you have any medical conditions or injuries that they should be aware of. They will then be able to tailor the Pilates movements to suit your abilities and maximise the benefits of your workouts.