Keep Exercise Simple
Life is complicated and we are bombarded by commitments and things we “should” do. The Covid19 pandemic has underlined just how important our health is. The importance of daily exercise cannot be underestimated. As well as contributing to maintaining a healthy weight, it can support your immune system, as important today as ever! We recommend keeping exercise as simple and enjoyable as possible. Find a form of exercise that you enjoy (we would recommend Pilates for a whole body workout🤸♀️ ).
The WHO recommends for a healthy adult a weekly exercise dose of see here
- 150-300 mins of moderate intensity physical activity (fast walking, cycling or swimming) or;
- at least 75–150 mins of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity (running, skipping or uphill cycling) and
- strength training activities at moderate or greater intensity (Pilates or gym work) that involve all major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week.
Where does Pilates fit in ?
Pilates is a form of strength training. When we practise Pilates on the mat we use our body weight as a form of resistance. When we practise on the apparatus (such as the Reformer) we use the springs for resistance to strengthen all of the major muscle groups (not forgetting the minor ones!)
If you are 65 years plus you are in the category of “Use it or lose it” regarding strength and, importantly, balance! Again, WHO guidelines recommend that you exercise, at least, 3 days a week with emphasis on functional balance and strength training. In our Over 65’s classes we incorporate balance challenges into many of the exercises we do recognising that prevention of falls, as well as muscle strength, is vitally important as we age.
WHO recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity throughout the week. Exercise at this important stage of your life should also incorporate muscle strengthening activity. Like all of us, try to limit your sedentary time.
- There are so many benefits – improved cardiorespiratory and muscle fitness, and improved bone health. Exercise reduces your risk of hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, various types of cancer (including breast cancer and colon cancer);
- reduce your risk of falls, as well as hip or vertebral fractures;
- helps maintain a healthy body weight;
- improved mental health with reduction in symptoms of anxiety and depression.
What are you waiting for ?
We believe that Pilates is for everybody and can benefit everybody. With our highly qualified team we can find a class to suit you. Whatever your motivation, we are here to share our passion for Pilates and show you what you can do! Click here to Book Classes with us !