Most of us hear quite often how important it is to save for retirement. We have 401K accounts and savings plans that we religiously place money into each paycheck. But have we been putting the same kind of care towards our bodies for retirement? What happens when we get to retirement and our bodies are failing? Clearly there are things outside of our control when it comes to our health, but there are things we can control, and that’s the good news I want to share with you today!
Whether you’re 20 or 46 or 65, you can invest in a healthy body so that you can enjoy a vigorous and exciting retirement. There are many things that are common in the active aging adult population, and Pilates helps to combat them all!
Fall prevention is key as you age. A fall can be devastating, resulting in a hospital stay or a broken hip or anywhere in between. In Pilates we work on building strength, balance, and control so that as you age, falling is less likely.
Posture is often an issue later in life. If exercise is not a part of your routine now, muscles will weaken and posture is quick to go. The shoulders round forward, the head begins to sit in front of the spine instead of properly atop it, the rib cage begins to compress the internal organs. These things can cause issues with breathing, digestion, and of course, greater risk of falling. In a Pilates session, posture is key! I’ll help you to learn how proper alignment looks and feels, as well as help strengthen the proper muscles to keep you upright comfortably. Sometimes, especially in the beginning, it can be somewhat painful to find good posture, but as your muscles are moved and strengthened, good posture will become second nature.
Muscle Mass decreases as we age. New studies have shown that adding resistance and weight to your exercise program, rather than just aerobic exercise, will help you to retain and build more muscle. The Reformer, the Wunda Chair, and the Tower are all in the studio I work at, and all three offer resistance during your workout to help grow your strength.