Joseph Pilates, the German-born founder of Pilates, stated that, “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, you are old. If at 60 you are supple and strong then you are young.”
We agree! It’s never too late to get started with Pilates. In fact, for the over 60s it can be increasingly important to build up strength, maintain flexibility and improve posture. Like yoga, Pilates is known for its ability to build concentration and control of the body, making it a great way place to start. It focuses on stretching and strengthening your abdomen, obliques and lower back in particular and has been shown to help those with lower back pain.
As we get older and life takes a slower pace it is easy to become sedentary, yet we know how important it is to keep moving for both mental and physical health. The idea of starting a new exercise routine can seem daunting, yet there are many reasons to start your Pilates journey, one of which is bone health. As we age, the risk of developing osteoporosis increases, so building healthy bones becomes as important as working your muscles.
As the practise is low impact, it is a very safe method of exercise. The risk of injury is minimal, and under careful supervision you can make impressive progress. If you have any pre-existing conditions or pains, instructor Chris will be able to assist and adapt movements – every client is personally assessed before the sessions are started. Watch this video to see how the Edinburgh Pilates Centre uses props as part of its methodology to help keep the body safe and painfree:
Chris’s unique approach in his studio emphasises correct form, and his ability to adjust each exercise to suit all needs makes it an ideal option for over 60s in particular. Pilates can help prevent aches and pains associated with older age, and helps to prevent inhibited movement by correcting body alignment and getting your muscles to work as they should.
If you are over 60, and are thinking of starting Pilates, you can look forwards to improved strength and better posture, increased flexibility and a greater range of movement, which is so important as we enter later years. After all, we are only as old as we feel!
Get in touch with the studio on 0131 652 1904 to arrange an assessment session.