PILATES IS GREAT FOR SENIORS!

Pilates is great for Seniors
Mature woman with a pilates ball and dumbbells sitting on an exercising mat isolated on white background

Pilates is a form of exercise that can be used to mitigate the risk of falls, injury, and increased pain associated with traditional exercise.

It is a great way to develop core strength using your own body weight, and exercises that are based on your current physical abilities rather than what you can and can’t do.

Pilates provides seniors a healthier joints, stronger muscles and improved sense of well-being. It also help seniors maintain their overall health while also building strength and balance.

There are tutorials online and classes available in many communities that encourage adults of all ages to participate in Pilates.

Where a set of exercises that focus on improving coordination, flexibility, and strength are provided for them. These exercises are fun and enjoyable!

MANAGE AND REDUCE YOUR STRESS LEVELS WITH PILATES.

Pilates Group MAT Class
Happy female trainer with class stretching hands at Pilates Group MAT Class.

A Pilates class is physically and mentally refreshing and rejuvenating. 

Pilates has been shown to be beneficial to our body. It help relieve anxiety, depression, assist insomnia, manage chronic pain, boost mood, lower blood pressure and reduce stress levels.

Just like meditation, Pilates allows you to concentrate your attention on one thing – your body. Which means requiring you to clear your mind from any distractions.

Pilates also works to relieve tension built up in the muscles through gentle stretching and gradual conditioning. When you move stress out of your body, you also help to move it out of your mind.

Just like yoga, Pilates has also been shown to offer stress-busting benefits. Helping you to feel more grounded, balanced and in control. 

Pilates also triggers a chain of chemical responses in the body. In which it releases endorphins, which work to reduce stress and create overall feelings of wellbeing and joy.

PILATES IMPROVES MEMORY AND BRAIN HEALTH

memory and brain health
A woman doing a meeting with great confidence and knowledge.

Studies that measured changes in women’s brain activity after 10 weeks of Pilates training found an increase in the brain’s alpha peak power. It is related to neural network activity, memory performance, and other cognitive functions.

From our late 20’s, we start to lose about 1% of the volume of our hippocampus, the portion of the brain responsible for memory and cognitive function. 

Scientists have only recently found that our brains can create new cells, thus slowing down or reversing brain shrinkage. 

Studies have proved that exercise improves the creation of new brain cells as well as protects existing cells. 

Furthermore, mindful movement practices have shown to increase brain functioning. 

Pilates offers a practice that can result in better memory, lower risks of Alzheimer’s disease, better learning and problem solving, a higher IQ and more.

Researchers believe Pilates may even hold potential as a treatment option for people with brain-degenerative diseases and cognitive dysfunctions.

HAVE A PAIN-FREE BODY WITH PILATES!

HAVE A PAIN-FREE BODY WITH PILATES!

Modern-day life is not all that supportive of a pain-free body. 

We all sit for too many hours at our computers, drive instead of walk, spend too much time on our phones, live a more sedentary lifestyle, and consequently, we suffer from body pain and tension.

Pilates is a powerful antidote to these modern day woes! 

Active Senior Pilates with a Pain-free Body
An elderly sitting on an exercise ball with two hands lifting weights.

Pilates focus on the stabilizing core muscles of the torso helps to support the spine and surrounding major muscle groups. This helps to protect the vertebrae, ligaments and discs that can often suffer as a result of repetitive trauma and habitual patterns of movement.

Studies have shown that those with chronic lower back pain who practiced Pilates for just four weeks experienced more relief than those who visited a physician and other specialists.

PILATES INCREASES OUR ENERGY.

Active lifestyle
An elderly happily lifting a Pilates weights.

Pilates increases our energy. It is a practice that offers you more energy, rather than depletes your energy. 

The movements are slower and require mindful exertion.

Pilates gets the breath and circulation moving, stimulates the spine and muscles, and floods the body with endorphins  – the body’s natural feel-good chemicals.

Pilates is the perfect pick-me-up for when you want a workout without it feeling overly strenuous and taxing. 

PILATES WILL MAKE US STRONGER!

PILATES WILL MAKE US STRONGER!

A woman doing Pilates with a Pilates equipment supervised by a Pilates Instructor.

Pilates doesn’t build muscles in the same way a weights program at the gym does.

Pilates works to build long, lean, toned muscles that work perfectly within the context of your body as a whole.

This exercise strengthen the weaker muscles and give the dominant muscles a break by demanding that you work symmetrically. It also makes you more aware of your body, enhancing coordination, balance, and power.

Fewer repetitions with the greatest precision and control means that you get the most out of your workout, and your focus and determination grow exponentially.

The result is greater overall muscular stamina with less effort.

Building whole body strength enhances every single movement you make in daily life. Improves the functional fitness needs that you require as you move through life.

IMPROVE YOUR POSTURE WITH PILATES.

Grasie Souza doing Pilates in front of the Parlament in Victoria while doing a side bend pose.
Grasie Souza doing Pilates in front of the Parlament in Victoria while doing a side bend pose.

A strong core goes a long way towards a good posture. Pilates encourages you to utilize your core muscles, and also focus on proper alignment in the body.

A good posture doesn’t just look physically appealing, it offers a safe and steady base to move through life. A good posture sets you up for greater ease and grace in daily movements, as well as supporting your body as it ages.

From helping to reduce back and neck pain, to easing tension in the body and preventing injury. A good posture is something that will carry you through life, literally! 

A key focus in Pilates is maintaining good alignment and balance through all the exercises. This creates a strong back, glutes, and abs which work together to form a perfect posture.

TRANSFORM YOUR CORE WITH PILATES!

Boomerang Pilates Transforming your core
Grasie Souza, Pilates Carioca Wellness and Training instructor performing Pilates Boomerang Position.

Chances are if you know only one thing about Pilates, it is related to the core. The core muscles of the body are the deep muscles of the back, abdomen, and pelvic floor.

These are the muscles we rely on to support a strong, supple back, good posture, and efficient movement patterns. When the core is strong, the body is supported. Having a strong, engaged and effective core not only means nice flat abs! It means a strong, relaxed and well functioning body.

Most Pilates moves require you to keep proper alignment and challenge your stability to stay balanced, which requires you to engage your midsection. The core lessons developed in a Pilates practice ideally continue beyond the Pilates studio and into the daily movements and actions of your life. Studies have shown that just 12 weeks of a Pilates routine, results in improved core strength.

PILATES WILL TONE AND WORK YOUR ENTIRE BODY.

Lady doing Pilates in Foam Roller
Pilates exercises on the former roller.

Pilates will tone and work your entire body to achieve body conditioning inside and out.

Many forms of modern exercise work on developing certain areas of the body while disregarding others. Pilates trains the body as an integrated whole. It works to promote well-balanced muscle development.

Pilates is virtually unmatched in relation to total body toning and conditioning. As well as, increasing flexibility and range of motion for the joints. Pilates may be gentle but it is also challenging. It focuses on body placement and increasing awareness of your body’s entire resource system. 

In Pilates, you engage the mind to move the body as an integrated whole in tandem with the breath, with the utmost grace, control, and precision. While Pilates may not have quite the same effect as interval training or a 10km run, it does include a dose of cardiovascular exercise and will be sure to rev up your heart rate.

Why is Pilates Good for Tennis Players?

Pilates are good for tennis players
Beautiful female tennis player serving outdoor

Is Pilates good for tennis players? Well, Pilates is a form of body conditioning that has been popular since the early 20th century. It can be beneficial to tennis players because it strengthens the core, improves balance and mobility. Pilates helps with overall conditioning.

Since Pilates focuses on the core and spine, it will help strengthen those muscles which are crucial for a tennis player. The Pilates exercises also focus on balance which can be an issue for tennis players as they often need to maintain their balance when running around the court.

Lastly, Pilates will improve flexibility which can help in making quick recoveries from lunges and stretching out before a serve.

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