Many seniors start to lose their balance, flexibility and endurance over time. They will find strains and tensions in many parts of their body. Also, with the lost of muscle strength and flexibility, they are more prone to injuries and many health related diseases. With regular Reformer Pilates practice, seniors can improve their aging conditions and maintain a healthier life.
Increases Muscular Endurance | Reformer Pilates for Seniors
When working on Reformer, muscles work against force resistance to stimulates the muscles fiber endurance and helps to achieve long and strong muscles. Increased endurance enables the seniors to have a toner physique, and can perform daily tasks without tiredness.
Increases Core Strength | Reformer Pilates for Seniors
Pilates, both Reformer and Mat, focuses on building a strong core – the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine. A strong core will help to support and align the spine, enhances the effectiveness of all workouts due to their ability to keep proper alignment. However, especially when working out on Reformer Pilates, it exerts lesser and little force on the seniors’ joints. The workouts can be modified according to individual body conditions, with low-impact or just partially weight-bearing. Also, seniors will spend most of the time laying down or sitting or kneeling on the carriage so to avoid over exerting their joints while working to strengthen the muscles.
Better Breathing | Reformer Pilates for Seniors
When working on any type of Pilates (both Mat and Reformer), the focus will be placed on appropriate breathing. Overtimes, breathing will get deeper and less regular, leading to improved relaxation. Lung capacity and breathing efficiency will be enhanced, oxygen supply for the body will improve and lead to higher energy level throughout the day.
Enhances Joint Functions | Reformer Pilates for Seniors
Pilates exercises are good lubricants for joints in reducing the frictions between them and improve the flexibility of stiff joints. The gentle mid-range movements can stimulate the production of synovial fluid, and prevents wear and tear of joints. As a result, it can help to reduce pain and enhance joints motions. Additionally, arthritis sufferers can also benefit from regular practice of Pilates. The chance of joint compression is lower, and Reformer Pilates is able to work on maintaining the range of motion around the joints at the same time.
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