“I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.”
– Joseph Pilates
We are often told that pilates workout is suitable for everyone, the gentle and enjoyable nature of pilates makes it a relatively easy workout especially for busy office workers and the ageing population. While many exercises are more suitable for a younger age group, Pilates can be practiced at any stage and keep you fit throughout your life.
Pilates in your 20s
Reduce anxiety – Pilates helps building a mind-body connection, which in turn helps reduce anxiety and provide a greater appreciation for your health(?).
Get toned – a great benefit of doing pilates is to tone up your muscles without building bulk, it is very possible for you to challenge your core strength with Pilates and achieve a six-pack!
Provide back support – Ideal for those with chronic lower back pain, especially beneficial for those who are chained to a desk throughout their twenties.
Pilates in your 30s
Pregnancy and childbirth – Pilates is safe if done under proper instruction, it can be practised right up to labour. Pilates might reduce labour times and help with the ‘pushing’ element of a vaginal birth. After childbirth it is also a way of getting back your strength, energy and core stability without risking injury.
Boost your brain – As a type of mindful practice, pilates improves focus hence strengthening your brain and its cognitive function. Exercise generates new brain cells, practising pilates long term could prevent brain shrinkage.
Pilates in your 40s & 50s
Reduce menopausal symptoms – Pilates eases menopause symptoms. It helps strengthen bones and muscles that enable you to deal with body temperature changes better. Practising pilates on a frequent basis also calms you down from the drama caused by mood swings.
Aid osteoporosis – Pilates is a low impact exercise and it is safe to practice for your joints. It can be effective at increasing bone mineral density for those suffering from post-menopausal osteoporosis.
Pilates in your 60s & beyond
Work on your balance – Pilates improves your balance and gait. It reduces the postural imbalances that can increase instability. Besides, Pilates is a rehabilitative type of fitness that was developed to improve your body’s functionality by bringing it back to full form.
Practicing Pilates improves the connection between your mind and your body, a holistic approach to health will become more and more important as we age. When you are seeing a physiotherapist, the pilates programme is often tailored to your needs, regardless of your age and your goal, pilates would be a great exercise to resolve any problems.
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