Joseph Pilates said: “The health of our spine is directly proportionate to the age of our body. If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.”
What happens when we get old?
As we age, there are many changes to our bodies such as:
- Degenerative conditions of the spine and joints
- Spinal stiffness, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis
- Knee pain and weakness
- Weakening muscles
- Loss of balance and proprioception
- Slower metabolism
Regular exercise and physical activity could delay or reduce the risk of some diseases and disabilities that develop as people grow older.
In Pilates, we focus on strengthening the core- it’s designed to build core strength of the body through balancing, stretching and correct breathing techniques, which will help to protect the spine and reduce the risk of osteoporosis and back problems.
It’s also a safe exercise- it can be customised and modified for all types of body, fitness level, and any age groups.
There are many benefits to doing Pilates to help avoid the adverse effects of aging:
- Improved posture
- Increased balance and stability
- Reduce chronic pain
- Build bone density and strength.
It’s never too early to start strengthening your core.
Let’s stay active. Keep your body and spirit young.
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