Pilates for Seniors: Benefits of Resistance Exercise:
Slowing aging process by building muscle mass and strength.
Raising metabolic rate - an important factor in maintaining body weight. Also, on this topic. As we age we tend to breathe more shallowly. Big NO NO! Learn out deep breathing exercise for relaxation and health.
Resistance exercise has been shown to build bone.
Osteoporosis is a condition of accelerated bone mineral loss which leads to fractures and can be a crippling disease, particularly in women.
In fact, over the age of 60, 50% of Australian women have osteoporosis and 30% of men. So take heart and know that research on resistance exercise suggests that it can build bone in this age group.
Pilates for Seniors: Blood pressure, strength and flexibility
There is some evidence that resistance exercise help lower moderately high blood pressure.
Better strength, particularly core strength, improves balance and can lead to fewer falls as we age.
You can do resistance exercises with the use of free weights, resistance bands, balance balls and indeed, your very own body weight is a fine weight bearing exercise tool.
Just a few more pointers about FLEXIBILITY, before we move on to specific exercises: Tendons shrink and joints become stiff over time leading causing the loss of flexibility and mobility.
Balance: Each year, hospitals see thousands of senior patients for broken hips due to falling. Our Balance Exercises can help you avoid injuries from falls and keep you independent and mobile.
Posture: Seniors spend their life, doing things “forward” of their bodies. Think about how you constantly are using your hands in front of your body, or bending forward over a book or newspaper. Being mindful of your posture by using our Posture Exercises that you'll find if you click here.
Mental & Emotional: Seniors sleep better with a good exercise regime. You’ve earned it! Your self confidence will improve when all those happy hormones start to pump through your body..
You don't want to look like this, however, BACK PAIN is a huge problem for many as we age and pot bellies are hugely responsible for it. We have lots of information and exercise examples together with exercise stretches on this page.
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LOWER BACK EXERCISESHowever, be mindful to check with your health practitioner before commencing any strong exercises. Start gently!!)