You’re over 60 and looking to get some exercise that will help increase strength, flexibility, and enhance your quality of life. You don’t want to be lost in the crowd of a large class, worried you are doing the exercises wrong or feeling like you are unable to keep up. Perhaps you’re afraid of hurting yourself or making an existing injury worse. Here is a solution.

Pilates is an appropriate exercise for senior fitness, and it is gaining popularity. Exercises can be modified to meet many different needs. Pilates increases strength, balance, flexibility, muscle tone, stamina and general well being.

Pilates is offered as a class or as private or semi-private sessions. Most beginner classes are appropriate for seniors but some studios will offer classes specifically for this age group. Look for a certified instructor who keeps classes small to allow for individual attention.

As with all new students, seniors should check with a doctor before beginning any exercise program. Many physical conditions can be accommodated in a Pilates setting, but it is important to know if any specific risk factors are present. It is essential to communicate health issues or physical limitations to the instructor before the class begins.

Many older adults find that their balance, flexibility and endurance have diminished over time. These conditions are workable within a beginner Pilates class, and they will improve as Pilates is practiced regularly. A good instructor will help a senior student monitor the level of exertion, and take measures to prevent over-stretching. The majority of beginner Pilates mat and reformer exercises are done lying down or sitting, so there is less risk of falling than there might be with some other forms of exercise.

To The Core Pilates Studio provides highly personalized, expertly specialized Pilates instruction for every age, injury and special need. Contact Donna, an instructor with over 25 years combined Pilates and Personal Training experience to care for your body at any stage of your life. Classes are starting soon. Call 780-808-4144 to register or visit us online at tothecore.ca.

For more information on Pilates for Seniors give us a call or visit us online.

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