We are bombarded through media, with anti-aging approaches like botox, plastic surgery, facial creams and expensive supplements. Everyone makes the choices that feel right for them but I want to share with you an additional approach you can add, that works from the “inside out”.
Did you know that Pilates can make you look and feel younger? This is all without expensive creams, needles or surgery. The only side effects? Improved flexibility, balance, strength and posture! Exercise also improves your skin and complexion. By increasing blood flow, exercise helps nourish skin cells and keep them vital. We lose about 1% of our leg strength and about ½ a percent of our bone density yearly, after we hit 50. Pilates slows down the muscle and bone loss that occurs with aging.
Both the local Aging Strong Pilates™ class that I teach in Mountain View, CA and my DVD series AGING STRONG Pilates™, focuses on those areas at risk of decline as we age. They include the hips and legs (to keep us strong, mobile and doing what we love), the spine (to prevent slouching/hyperkyphosis) and balance (to prevent falls).
If you’re not local, find a Pilates teacher that is certified through the Pilates Method Alliance and who has the skills to customize a program to your abilities. If you have certain challenges like osteopenia, osteoporosis, herniated discs or stenosis, your instructor should be aware of the movement contraindications and create a program that keeps you challenged yet safe.
Remember- 1x a week is helpful but consistency is key in the Pilates anti-aging formula. If you can’t get to another class, make sure your instructor gives you an individualized home exercise program (and try my DVD’s!) Now get up, move and AGE STRONG!