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Add life to years with Pilates

Posted on April 11, 2012

Growing older is a journey we all share. We know more today than we did yesterday. We’re able to take on new challenges with a better understanding for what we can expect. As we grow older we learn the value of patience. When it comes to our bodies, we know that nothing drastic ever happens overnight.

On April 7, the World Health Organization (WHO) celebrated World Health Day. With this year’s theme focused on “aging and health,” we looked at how Pilates can be a contributing factor to living a longer and healthier lifestyle.

We dug into some of the World Health Day facts and tidbits presented by the WHO and found a few that we thought were quite remarkable:

  • In the next 5 years, the global population 65+ will surpass the number of children under the age of 5.
  • Contrary to popular belief, there is no correlation between age and pain or between age and disease.
  • Healthy aging involves staying both socially and physically active.

Living Longer, Happier, and Healthier with Pilates
We’re living longer. From statistics released by the WHO on World Health Day, all around the world, we’re experiencing a dramatic increase in the proportion of populations aged 60+. Due to a wide range of factors and socio-economic conditions, people are living longer lives. Pilates, as a new exercise program for an aging population, presents an excellent opportunity to improve social and physical health.

Pilates for the Forever Young
Core strength exercises are vital as we age. When soreness and stiffness are so commonly associated with an aging body, we need to maintain fluidity and flexibility.

Because Pilates is a safe, non-impact, non-stress exercise, it can become an ideal method of a weekly (or even daily) exercise as we get older. Pilates is also an effective way of combating decreasing muscle mass while it can better condition joints, speed up motor reactions, and increase self-esteem. When you’ve finished a class, you simply FEEL better – and it shows – and, it will continue to show, like we’ve learned from Ted and Hattie, who are healthfully maintaining their active lifestyle.

Pilates for a Lifetime
As with any exercise program, before beginning Pilates, it’s important to check in with your doctor. Starting Pilates at any age can reap great benefits, because we can focus on low impact movements.

For the ache and pain-free longevity that helps us stay healthy, youthful, and active for a lifetime, there’s never such thing as “too late” to get into a Pilates class.

Do you know someone who could benefit from Pilates? Please share this blog with them. Maybe you will be the push they need to make positive choices!