Pilates For Older Women | Regain The Body Of Your Youth

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Middle-aged—hearing yourself being called one doesn’t excite a lot, I understand. You know that your body is undergoing hormonal changes which are going to make you feel even more groggy and less active. Well, it’s all right if you are in your 40s and already started feeling the symptoms related to your age, but if your fitness levels go down (which is also a normality in middle-aged individuals) that’s quite your own fault.

If you have to go to give up on your fitness level, just because you are into your 40s, this is one serious mistake that could put you through a lot of health conditions like obesity, stress, low energy, and even diseases like blood pressure and diabetes. You don’t have to to take it easy because you’re a middle-aged person now, rather, it’s your time to make up for all the time that you spent in front of your computer screens to make your life work out.

The interesting part, however, is that you don’t have to sign up for a gym membership, and you don’t need to watch tutorials on YouTube or find yourself some fitness trainer. Getting in shape or achieving your desired fitness levels don’t have to come at a high cost, always. You could go for a brisk evening walk, cycling, or swimming to keep yourself fit and active, but if you haven’t ever tried Pilates in your life before, you need to get yourself acquainted with this exercise because of its wholesome benefits.

Pilates is largely about controlled and quality movement and doesn’t include any weight training. Therefore, it’s perfect for older adults who don’t want to risk their bodies to injuries. The exercise has a very low impact on the body and is very gentle for the joints.

The usual workout that we come across inside a weight training room leads to building up of short and bulky muscles that aren’t very beneficial for someone who is in their 40s.

So what are the benefits of Pilates then?

  • Body reshape
    If you are really up for losing a few extra pounds or to improve your overall fitness, Pilates is the ultimate and easy doorway to regain that curves of your youth. It’s not some celebrity fad and has some real body toning results. From Cameron Diaz, to Sandra Bullock, and Kate Winslet, some of fittest Hollywood celebrities have been doing Pilates for years, and the results are quite visible in front of us.
  • More stability and balance
    Because Pilates is focused on increasing the core strength of the body, most of its exercises revolve around controlled and focused movements. Pilates leads to better control and stability through a small range of movements which could then later be translated into a larger range of movements.
    A better stability and control is very essential for older adults as fractures, which are most common with older adults, are usually caused due to tripping over something and losing balance. With Pilates, you are reducing the risk of falls by improving your balance.
  • Ailment for arthritis and osteoporosis
    Poor bone health is also associated with middle-age, but with the gentle movement of Pilates, it’s possible to defy the worse symptoms of osteoporosis and stenosis. Also, standing Pilates leg exercises could largely help with improving bone density in both spine and hip.
    There are tons of benefit of Pilates, but make sure that if you are suffering from osteoporosis or stenosis, it could be risky for you to perform an exercise that includes extension or flexion. So always consult a Pilates instructor before getting started.

Check out some of our Pilates facilities across Australia today to start your Pilates journey.

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