Updated: Aug 4
Committing to regular Pilates sessions is like an investment in your future health.
Each Pilates session is like putting money into a pension, except you are building in future flexibility, strength and stability that will prevent injury, strengthen muscles and guard your body against physical degenerative ailments.
By taking up Pilates you will support your whole body during the ageing process so you can live better, feel better and move better.
Nearly all the major degenerative diseases commonly associated with ageing can be either mitigated or alleviated with Pilates.
Why is Pilates so beneficial for you in your later years?
Taking Pilates classes is like investing in your long-term health. It’s giving you the strength, agility and flexibility to be able to enjoy life when you are older.
There are many benefits to investing in Pilates now so you can cash in on your Pilates pension later on.
Slow down arthritis and relieve arthritis pain
Pilates will help keep your joints healthy and supple which could slow down the onset of arthritis. All exercise will help lubricate those joints, but Pilates in particular will give you multiple exercise types in one: strength training, endurance, alignment and balance.
Pilates is also gentle enough to give you regular breaks between each movement, as well as build up the right muscles to support your joints and provide extra shock absorption.
Prevent the onset of osteoporosis
Pilates can be effective in strengthening your bone density as it utilises your body weight and gravity (or weights in reformer) to increase your bone strength.
Reduce the severity of Parkinson's symptoms
Parkinson's syndrome attacks balance and stability. Since Pilates targets the core muscles for balance and stability and working on your pelvic alignment it can be beneficial for Parkinson's sufferers.
Reduce the risk of falls
In older age, we are at higher risk of injury and falls. Pilates can help strengthen your core muscles and improve your mobility and flexibility around your joints. Your muscles can help keep your stability and even prevent you from needing future hip or knee replacements.
The risk of hip fractures increases as we age, but doing regular exercises that strengthen bones and improve balance will decrease the risk of falls.
If you do need a replacement due to injury or wear and tear, having a strong core will help with your rehabilitation and recovery.
Pilates supports mobility
Our ageing bodies can struggle with a lack of flexibility and mobility, leaving our joints and bones vulnerable.
As we get older the tendency is to become more sedentary, putting pressure on our spines. Pilates is great for supporting spinal mobility.
By taking regular Pilates sessions you will improve your range of motion and find you hold yourself better and have muscles now working to support your everyday activities.
Supports cognitive health
As well as helping to reduce stress, Pilates will also move blood to the brain which will help with memory.
It is thought that Pilates can even help with your immunity by stimulating your lymphatic system which is responsible for removing toxins in the body and cancerous cells. There have been a number of studies showing that Pilates will help immune markers in older people.
Ready to future-proof your body? Start pilates and support the ageing process
We need to start seeing exercise as a form of a pension plan to support our future selves.
Investing in Pilates is investing in your future health. It's putting in place safeguards against future injury, surgery, and disease. It's building that core flexibility, strength and mobility so we can cash in later and enjoy our retirement and old age.
At All Active Pilates & Physio, we offer Pilates, and Reformer Pilates in Lisburn, Hillsborough and Dromore - as well as online.
To find out more, just get in contact with us or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why not sign up for some regular Pilates classes with us and put in place safeguards for your future health and wellbeing.