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Senior Strength & Flexibility

Protecting seniors and others engaged in an active lifestyle from serious injury

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Protecting and Strengthening Seniors from Future Injury

Pilates is generally appropriate for senior fitness, and it is gaining popularity among senior citizens. The ability to modify exercises to meet differing needs, along with the many benefits of the Pilates method, such as increased levels of strength, balance, flexibility, muscle tone, stamina, and well-being, make Pilates an inviting senior exercise program. After all, Joseph Pilates practiced his method into his eighties.

Classes for Seniors

Start out in a group or private class with a certified Pilates instructor. Peter Vaillancourt has trained dozens of seniors and will design a customized program just for you.  As Pilates becomes an integral part of the fitness world, Pilates classes specifically for seniors are becoming more common. A good instructor will offer cues for exercise modifications, and most classes are small enough that some individual instruction can be expected.

Another option for the senior student is to begin with private classes. Court Pilates offers both private and group instruction at its Lincoln Center area studio. This will ensure a good foundation in the basic movement principles of Pilates, and make it easier for a senior student to become comfortable with the pace of exercise.

Source: VeryWell

Special Considerations for Seniors

Before beginning a Pilates class, the senior student would be well advised to check in with his or her health care professional. 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 most beginner Pilates contexts, and they will improve as Pilates is practiced regularly. Seniors can be assured that it is the right and responsibility of any student to adjust participation in an exercise to a level that feels healthful and safe for them.

Source: VeryWell