Keeping fit is essential, especially for the elderly. Pilates is a great way of keeping fit and healthy. This form of exercise is up there with yoga and meditation. If you want to know about the health benefits of Pilates, read on.
There are a number of health benefits of Pilates. Firstly, it is a low-impact exercise that does not stress the body and its joints as other forms of exercise. If you have not been exercising for some time, Pilates is the best form of exercise to restart your exercises. Pilates concentrates mainly on your “core” muscles, and many of the exercises are either done in a reclining position or sitting position.
Pilates Increases Stability and Balance
As Pilates concentrates on your core (middle), and not on arms and legs, as with other forms of exercise, your risk of injury is less. Pilates is extremely good for your posture and balance. The loss of balance and coordination is a common problem among older adults. Doing Pilates increases strength and flexibility in the middle and legs. This helps with balance and reduces the risk of falls as you are able to carry yourself properly.
Reduces the Risk of Many Ailments
With age comes a host of ailments. Pilates helps reduce these. For example, arthritis is a common elderly ailment. It also helps those who suffer from stenosis and osteoporosis. Several exercises are available for those who suffer from lumbar stenosis, and these exercises stretch and strengthen the back muscles and prevent the hunched position many suffer with. In the case of osteoporosis, various leg exercises help increase bone density in the spine. Pilates is also known for decreasing the onset of Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis.
Stress affects your physical and mental wellbeing. The best way of overcoming stress is through exercise. Pilates concentrates on posture and breathing. Breathing deeply and keeping the body poised and lifted drives away tension and pain and calms the mind and the body. This helps relax your tense muscles and, as a result, you will sleep better and wake up feeling refreshed and energized.
Many active adult communities feature Pilates and have regular classes with a certified instructor. If you live in one, you too can reap the benefits of Pilates. Be sure to consult your doctor before doing so.
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