Active Ageing With Pilates
Divya Grover

By - Divya Grover
Pilates Expert at VARDĀN
Exercise is an important part of nearly everyone’s health routine. This is true for older adults, too. Experts say seniors should aim to be as active as possible. If you are an older adult, exercise can help you live a longer, healthier life.
There are many benefits of exercising when you’re a senior, including:
  • It improves your strength. This helps you stay independent.
  • It improves your balance. This prevents falls.
  • It gives you more energy.
  • It prevents or delays diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, or osteoporosis.
  • It can improve your mood and fight off depression.
  • It may improve cognitive function (how your brain works).
  • It improves your sleep.
Pilates is a great way to begin
  • You are never too old to begin Pilates.
  • It is safe for most adults older than 65 years of age to exercise.
  • Even patients who have chronic illnesses can exercise safely. These include heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and arthritis.
  • In fact, many of these conditions are improved with exercise. If you are not sure that exercise is safe for you, or if you are currently inactive, ask your doctor.
Benefits of Pilates for Seniors
Pilates is wonderful for everyone, regardless of their age. Seniors, in particular, can really benefit from Pilates. Balance, strength, flexibility, focus, and your breath are all areas that may change with age. Pilates, at its core, works on improving all these areas. It is gentle enough to be right for any age, and every exercise can be modified on any given day to meet the body where your body is, that day.
How often should you do Pilates?
Doing beginner Pilates at least twice a week is enough to notice a difference in your strength, flexibility, and balance. If you feel great and love your Pilates practice from the start, feel free to add a third day into your weekly routine. Listening to our bodies is sometimes something we have to relearn as we grow up. Remember that our bodies show up for us differently each day. This is true of children, teenagers, young adults, a forty-year-old, and even you. Allow Pilates to do its job for your body by meeting it wherever it is on any given day.
Safety tips
  • Dizziness or shortness of breath.
  • Chest pain or pressure.
  • Blood clots.
  • An infection.
  • Sores that won't heal.
  • Any joint swelling.
  • Recent surgery
  • A hernia.
Things to consider
Talk to your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms while exercising:
  • Chest pain or pressure.
  • Trouble breathing or excessive shortness of breath.
  • Light-headedness or dizziness.
  • Difficulty with balance.
  • Nausea.
Pilates at VARDĀN For Seniors
Many older adults find that their balance, flexibility, and endurance have diminished over time. These conditions are workable within most beginner Pilates classes, and they will improve as Pilates is practiced regularly. Seniors can be assured that the exercises can be adjusted to a level that feels healthful and safe for them. Various exercise modifications are commonplace in Pilates classes. We will help you monitor the level of exertion, and take measures to prevent over-stretching or falls. Seniors would feel more motivated to know that 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.
Our Client Speak

Pilates at VARDĀN is an exceptional experience. I have been doing it for the last 4 years and have found a lot of changes in my body. My body is much more flexible and stronger than before. I really look forward to my Pilates sessions with Divya and I would recommend it to everyone.

- Rakesh Malhotra
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