Pilates is a potent form of movement that has significantly positive impacts on our bodies, minds, and spirits. Those who regularly practice Pilates report feeling stronger, leaner, taller, more confident, less stressed, and fully energized. It makes people feel GOOD and it also has benefits that are specifically tied to this idea of looking and feeling younger, longer. Here’s how:
5 Ways Pilates Keeps You Feeling Younger, Longer
1. Increased Energy and Stamina As our bodies age, we tend to run out of steam more quickly. We may crash in the late afternoon, be called to our beds for a quick power nap every single day, or just feel sluggish far more frequently than we’d like. Pilates is the ideal antidote.
2. Resilience and Increased Recovery Have you ever noticed that kids will get a cold one day and seem pretty much completely symptom free within a day or two? Young bodies bounce back really quickly. As we age, we can hold onto that resilience against illness with a regular movement practice. And when we do get sick, a movement practice helps us recover more quickly.
3. Balance and Posture Improvements
A measurable and physically noticeable change that can occur in one’s body with a regular Pilates practice is an improvement in the person’s posture. In fact, in separate scientific studies, Pilates was found to improve the postural alignment of participating middle aged women as well as children aged 5-6 years old! We’ve all seen the stereotypical image of an older person hunched over a cane. With Pilates, you can avoid these undesirable changes to your posture as you age. Another risk we all face as we age is a degradation of balance, leading to falls which can cause serious injury. Pilates is very effective at helping a person maintain or even improve their balance and coordination.
4. Increased Agility and Range of Motion
One of the first things people notice when their bodies age is that the body is not as flexible or agile as it was in youth. Through intentional, slow, and highly targeted movements, Pilates can help you increase your flexibility and thus, range of motion.
5. Reduced Pain, Tension, and Stress
Pain, tension, and stress can be absolutely devastating to our sense of well being and ability to enjoy and participate in our lives fully. Pain, especially if it is chronic in nature, can be especially difficult to treat without pharmaceutical intervention. Pilates is frequently recommended as a therapeutic modality to ease, control, and even prevent pain. The movements that help our bodies heal from pain have similar benefits in terms of easing tension and stress.
If you are interested in supporting your body at every age, you can do so gracefully with the help of Pilates. We have a special offer exclusively for new clients. Check it out here and come look and feel your best at Uplift Pilates and Wellness.
Author: Karin H. Spencer, EdD, NCPT
Thanks for visiting the Uplift Blog! I'm an educator, Pilates enthusiast (NCPT), reflective practitioner and Ironman triathlete. I love helping others discover their joy and confidence as movers. I support others in making lifestyle changes to improve health and well-being. As a life-long educator, I am especially committed to joining together with teachers to uplift each other.