Whether you do Pilates as your mainstream workout or to supplement other activities, exciting news for everyone is that a new study shows that regular exercise slows down the signs of ageing
A very recent study from The American Physiology Society has shown that the muscles of older men and women who have exercised for decades are extremely distinguishable in many ways from those of healthy 25-year-olds. These men and women also had much higher aerobic capacities than most people their age, the study showed, making them biologically about 30 years younger than their chronological ages, the study’s authors concluded.
Our favourite Joseph Pilates quote echoes thi: “If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old; if it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.” He was way ahead of his time and when people that take up Pilates, the most comment response is they love how it makes them feel. Full of energy, free in their body and strong in the middle. And now that researchers have put pen to paper to prove that exercise can slow down the ageing process, we have an incredible reason so stay motivated all year long.
Pilates improves flexibility
Flexibility is not just gained through stretching muscles, in fact sometimes continuous stretching can have the opposite effect and make muscles feel tighter. Using Reformer Pilates to carefully create a movement sequence that works the joints, muscles and bones all together is going to give you a much enhanced level of flexibility.
Pilates reduces mental stress & fatigue
The continuous focus on breathing in class has a dramatic effect on health by calming down the neuromuscular system. Breathing properly can also super charge your core strength. Your diaphragm and core muscles work in tandem so when you improve your breathing, you improve your dynamic core strength too.
Pilates improves your strength
Don’t be fooled into thinking that Pilates is a gentle workout. Reformer Pilates can be a seriously challenging class because the movement is so specific, controlled and precise. Just ask the Leinster Rugby Team, who often use Reformer Pilates to enhance preseason conditioning.
Pilates makes you happy
But the biggest benefit Pilates brings to your life is that it can really improve your mood and your outlook. Whether it is all that juicy spine movement, an hour of head space or just being in the incredible environment of the studios, Pilates leaves you feeling better on the way out than on the way in and that’s a winner for us every time.
Milena Jaksic Byrne for Platinum Pilates.
You can find Platinum Pilates at the WellPilates tent on 11-12 May at WellFest 2019 in association with KBC. Remember to book your tickets before we sell out!