From early childhood, right through to our later years of life the ability to maintain a controlled body position whilst performing a certain task is essential to our every-day functioning. This is true for relatively sedentary tasks such as sitting in a chair to walking, reaching for something or more dynamic tasks such as riding a bike.
Poor balance can happen to anyone and can be caused by bad posture, loss of muscle strength and not practicing exercises to improve our balance as we age. Pilates works on improving core strength, flexibility, concentration and coordination all of which contribute to balance. The more strength you have in these areas the better your balance should be.
With its focus on controlled breathing and quality of movement-not quantity of repetitions, Pilates is perfect for older adults because it does not have the impact on the body that other forms of exercise can. Many experts agree that Pilates is one of the best ways for older adults to stay fit and healthy and help to reduce the risk of falls.
Pilates can also help with a variety of age-related ailments. Arthritis sufferers benefit because the gentle mid-range movements decrease the chance of joints compressing while maintaining the range of motion around them. For sufferers of osteoporosis, the simple and standing Pilates leg exercises may increase bone density in both the spine and the hip. Pilates may also help in the management of debilitating symptoms of diseases like Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis. The mid-range motion of the exercises can help people overcome rigidity and become more limber.
Don’t forget we offer Pilates classes at the Centre and on a nice warm day, Vicky our Pilates Instructor can run them in the Centre’s garden rather than inside which has been very well received!
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