Regular exercise is the only well-established fountain of youth, but not all exercises are created equal. Are you looking for a way to stay fit throughout your life? Here’s good news: Pilates is for people at any stage of life who want to look and feel their best. You can practice Pilates at any age! While some forms of exercise are best-suited to younger people, Pilates is an exception. It will erase years off your body.
Chronologically you may be 50+, but if you stick with a regular Pilates practice and healthy diet, you can slow the aging process and may even begin to look younger. People will do a double-take and not believe how old you are. Imagine how awesome it will be to not only feel younger, but to look younger as well.
Why You Can Do Pilates at Any Age
Are you wondering what makes Pilates unique among exercises for people of all ages? I’m glad you asked! Here are just a few reasons.
- Pilates presents a remarkable opportunity for an aging population to perform a series of safe and effective exercises. You can do Pilates at any age because the movements are gentle, progressive and performed slowly with good postural alignment at all times.
- Pilates can provide people with the tools and techniques they need to age with dignity and a sense of well-being.
- As we age, flexibility becomes much more critical. Pilates emphasizes flexibility and works especially well for people middle aged and up.
- Pilates is a corrective, rehabilitative form of exercise developed to improve our body’s functioning by bringing it back into a natural state.
- You can modify the exercises and work at your own pace as your strength and stamina dictate. A qualified teacher can help you learn how to work with your own body so you can continue to practice Pilates at any age.
- Regular Pilates practice can lead to a stronger, leaner body, while developing body awareness. You will become more aware of how you sit, stand, and move. You will be able to relate those habits to the aches, pains, and injuries you have now or had in the past. Better still, you’ll be able to change those habits so you can eliminate aches, pains, and injuries.
- Another great benefit of Pilates at any age is the practice improves the connection between your mind and your body. As you age, you will likely become more aware of the importance of a holistic approach to health that includes the mind and spirit as well as the physical body.
A Man Ahead of His Time
Joseph Pilates was ahead of his time when he developed the mind-body exercise method that bears his name. His philosophies on health and exercise hold true to this day. This quote from the man himself shows why it’s possible to benefit from Pilates at any age:
“I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.”
~ Joseph Pilates
Workplace exercise program the Pilates way!
Work is tough. Sitting all day, working at the computer, reading emails is very hard on the body. A day at the desk can translate into low energy, fatigue and often minor to severe back pain. The sad thing is that even with 8 or more hours a day at work, all that sitting makes employees less productive. People need to move! Movement is what keeps employees not only more productive, but happier and more energetic. A workplace exercise program if handled correctly can mean a huge boost to employee productivity.
There are many benefits to offering a workplace exercise program. Here are a few:
1) Employees who don’t have time to workout are now able to do so.
2) Produces a healthier and fitter workplace
3) Fewer sick days for employees (because of number 2)
4) Increased productivity
5) A competitive benefit to offer to new hires and to keep current employees engaged.
Pilates mat work lends itself well to an in office fitness program. First of all, to teach a group mat class all one needs is a large enough space and a mat. That’s it. Another great benefit of teaching a Pilates mat class is that even though it is a thorough and intense work-out, employees can go right back to work. Some work-outs are so intense and so sweaty that employees need to shower and clean up making it difficult to squeeze the session in on a lunch break.
The mat class can be done in less than 50 minutes giving the employees enough time to get back to their desks. It can be offered at lunch time or, with time and commutes permitting, at the end of the work day.
A colleague of mine teaches two mat Pilates classes at a medium size company. The classes are held in a conference room and each student is responsible for bringing his or her own mat. Management discovered even after a short time that the students came back from class refreshed, eager to get back to work and in a better mood. She offers her classes around the lunch hour so that employees get a nice break from work and don’t have to come in early or leave late. She tells me that management loves the way everyone comes back feeling so much more energized. Even the management pops in from time to time and they too feel great.
There are two monetary ways to offer Pilates classes to employees: One is to let the employees pay for the class and the second way is to have the company cover the cost of the class. Different session packages are available as well.
A Pilates mat class is the perfect program for employees. It works the entire body and makes everyone feel like they just had their internal batteries recharged. It’s a great way to keep everyone fit, healthy and happy.
For further information on how you can bring Pilates to your workplace please contact Susan Sommers at 646-382-7911.
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How would you like a good-feeling body? Of course you would!
The idea of “success,” for most people, revolves around money or the acquisition of property or other possessions, but we consider a state of joy as the greatest achievement of success. And while the attainment of money and wonderful possessions certainly can enhance your state of joy, the achievement of a good-feeling physical body is by far the greatest factor for maintaining a continuing state of joy and Well-Being. And so, there are few things of greater value than the achievement of a good-feeling body.
For me and for many that I teach Pilates to, it is more than an exercise method – it is a way of life. We take the ‘body awareness’ we learn in our practice and apply it to our daily lives. We become more aware of some of the simplest of daily activities. How we bend down, reach up, how we sit, and stand. Our good feeling body matters and we want to keep it that way.
Do you feel you’re too old to try Pilates? Don’t let your age stop you. No matter who you are, your age or what shape you are in Pilates can make a difference, it will help you achieve a good-feeling body.
Pilates Body NYC is the Upper West Side Pilates studio that comes to you. We make Pilates convenient. Give us a call today and start your journey. I would love to share my passion of Pilates with you.
Make Pilates a part of your life as it will be a decision that your body will thank you for!
I’m going to tell you why making Pilates a part of your life is a good choice. Practicing Pilates on a regular basis will not only tone your whole body, build stronger core muscles but will also keep your body better aligned.
Why is alignment important? If your body is out of alignment you are putting pressure on your joints, muscles and ligaments which can then lead to strain and discomfort of your body. Are you suffering from lower back or neck pain? Being out of alignment is probably the reason or certainly a strong contributing factor. As you age being out of alignment can lead to degenerative issues and perhaps even arthritis. I’m sure we all agree that living in pain is no fun.
So why not do something about it?
Pilates will give you better body awareness. With this awareness comes the ability to take better care of your body in the way that it needs. Strengthen what needs strengthening and stretching what needs more flexibility. With this awareness also comes the ability to bring more balance to your body.
Pilates Body NYC specializes in Private training. The sessions are for you, all about you and what your body needs. No two bodies are the same so no two sessions are the same.
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Susan is an outstanding teacher and coach. She gets our strengths and weaknesses and works tirelessly to strengthen, stretch and tone muscles I never knew I had. My body has definitely changed for the better since I started working with Susan. My posture is better, I’m taller and toner overall. Susan is gentle, kind, caring, and demanding. She quickly assed muscles I need to strengthen and stretch and tailored her coaching appropriately. Susan is a knowledgeable coach who will transform your body in partnership with you. ~ Michelle Burger (Google Review)
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Call today and see why making Pilates a part of your life is a very good choice.
Many of us spend much of our day in an office which in turn makes our ‘Workplace Posture’ extra important. How you sit all day will have a direct effect on your body. If you sit incorrectly hour after hour how can you expect to stand correctly at the end of the day?! So lets take a look at how your workstation measures up.
Here is a checklist you can use as a guide
♦ Your Chair
Should support your lower back
Your feet should rest firmly on the ground (or footrest) slightly in front of you
♦ Your Monitor
Should be directly in front of you, at an arm’s length distance with your eyes at the same level as the tool bar
♦ Your Mouse
Should be positioned close to you near the edge of the desk
♦ Your Keyboard
Should be centered in front of you and near the edge of the desk
How do you know if you are sitting correctly?
- Is your back straight, maintaining all 3 natural curves of your spine
- Is your weight distributed evenly on both hips
- Is your head and neck aligned over your shoulders
- Are you sitting back in your chair; being supported by the seat bac
- Avoid sitting for long periods of time; get up from your chair often. Take a walk, and stretch.
Have you ever considered an exercise break for lunch?
Pilates which teaches you body awareness and how to move more efficiently can be your perfect answer. Learn to use your deep core muscles – the abdominals, back, and pelvic floor – which support your posture this will allow your shoulders to relax, your neck and head to move more freely, and will relieve stress on the hips, legs, and feet.
Pilates Body NYC offers Pilates in your Workplace throughout New York City. Bring wellness and balance to your workplace with a Pilates break.