Why do Pilates?
As we get older our muscles naturally reduce in size, therefore more effort is needed to prevent this deterioration. Generally, people lose about 1 percent of their lean muscle mass per year after age 40. You may see these changes start as early as your 30s, but most people see the biggest changes between their 40s and 50s.
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HOW Physical activity can help
Exercise can prevent many age-related changes to muscles, bones and joints - and reverse these changes as well. It's never too late to start living an active lifestyle and enjoying the benefits.
Research shows that:
Exercise can make bones stronger and help slow the rate of bone loss.
Older people can increase muscle mass and strength through muscle-strengthening activities.
Balance and coordination exercises, such as tai chi, can help reduce the risk of falls.
Physical activity in later life may delay the progression of osteoporosis as it slows down the rate at which bone mineral density is reduced.
Weight-bearing exercise, such as walking or weight training, is the best type of exercise for maintenance of bone mass. There is a suggestion that twisting or rotational movements, where the muscle attachments pull on the bone, are also beneficial.
Older people who exercise in water (which is not weight bearing) may still experience increases in bone and muscle mass compared to sedentary older people.
Stretching is another excellent way to help maintain joint flexibility.
See your doctor before you start any new physical activity program. If you haven’t exercised for a long time, are elderly or have a chronic disease.
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