Karen Swift Bodycontrol Certified Insutructor

Pilates for the Older Person

Keeping fit is essential for everyone but so many forms of exercise can be hard on our bodies, especially as we get older. Pilates sessions are an excellent way for us to stay in shape while reducing the risk of injury that weight-bearing exercises may cause.

Pilates focuses on building a strong “core”, strengthening the deep abdominal muscles, along with the muscles closest to the spine. Many of the exercises are performed in reclining or sitting positions, and therefore not nearly as severe on the joints as other workouts can be.

Pilates teaches control, stability and correct movement in a small range of motion, which can in time graduate to a larger range of motion as control and confidence is gained. Increased control and stability is crucial as we get older as it can help to improve movement, balance and posture.

As Pilates focuses on controlled breathing and quality of movement, and not the number of repetitions, it is a great way to stay fit and healthy.

I will be starting up a Gentle Pilates class in september 2013, if you would like to put your name down please email me as spaces will be limited.