Many people are taking classes to build strength, reduce back pain, lose weight, or to improve coordination and balance. It has some similarities to yoga because it focuses on principles related to concentration, control and centering of the body.
We specialize in focusing on the lifestyle and needs of adults 50 or better to help gain strength, flexibility, mobility, improve posture, and increase overall good health. If you’re intimidated about Pilates, or don’t want to work out in a crowded space, we offer an intimate boutique atmosphere for a more comfortable and private Pilates experience – the way Pilates was meant to be!
What are the Benefits of Pilates for Women Over 50?
More Health Benefits of Pilates
- Improved flexibility
- Increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks (the ‘core muscles’ of your body)
- Balanced muscular strength on both sides of your body
- Enhanced muscular control of your back and limbs
- Improved stabilization of your spine
- Improved posture
- Rehabilitation or prevention of injuries related to muscle imbalances
- Improved physical coordination and balance
- Relaxation of your shoulders, neck and upper back
- Safe rehabilitation of joint and spinal injuries
- Prevention of musculoskeletal injuries
- Increased lung capacity and circulation through deep breathing
- Improved concentration
- increased body awareness
- Stress management and relaxation.
Exploring the Benefits of Pilates for Women 50+
Some of the most important benefits of Pilates for women over 50 are related to the fact that its discipline builds strength in the core muscles. This is what Pilates refers to as the body’s “powerhouse” – the legs, abdominals, arms, hips and back.
Here are a few reasons that Pilates is such a powerful exercise option for women over 50:
Gently Get Your Body Back in Shape
Many women sit still all day. We sit when we are working, watching TV, eating dinner and using our computer. We all know that being sedentary is one of the worst things we can do for our health. Unfortunately, sitting is all too common in our modern world of conveniences, indoor living and “screen time.”
Pilates is a great way for us older women to start exercising because it’s safe and low-impact. You can start doing Pilates at almost any level of fitness and cardiovascular strength. Of course, you should be sure to check with your doctor first before embarking on a new weight loss or fitness plan, especially if you have any known health issues or haven’t worked out in a while.
Improve Your Posture and Confidence
Pilates helps strengthen and tone the muscles, starting from the body’s core. Many women over 50 have mentioned that they look and feel more confident as a result of doing Pilates. This makes sense as Pilates helps make your back stronger, helping you stand up straighter.
Pilates has positive effects on many aspects of how you carry yourself throughout the day. It’s not just about how you look to other people, but how it makes you feel on the inside too.
Build Stronger Bones
Older women are often at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis. As a result, another benefit of Pilates for women is that it’s a weight-bearing exercise that can help with “bone building” to strengthen your bones as well as your muscles. And, it can do this without exposing your body to many of the risks that you might encounter by lifting weights at the gym.
Get Your Life in Balance
As we all know, exercise is absolutely essential for every aspect of our health – mind, body and spirit. As we get older, working out is not just about looking and feeling our best, although this is important. It’s also about having the energy and flexibility to stay active, play with our grandkids and take advantage of every opportunity that life throws our way.
Also, as with any fitness program, Pilates gives us a sense of accomplishment and helps to build self-esteem. When you commit to Pilates and start to see the results, you will know that you have taken control of your life and that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to.
Make New Friends
Another benefit of Pilates is the opportunity to meet new people. Not only does it give an opportunity to get out of the house. It also puts us in direct contact with other people who share a similar spark for life and a desire to improve themselves.
The founder of Pilates, Joseph Pilates, said 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.” Here’s to many years of supple strength for the women in our community!
Contact us today to learn more or sign up for a Pilates Class! Ask about a free class on us!