Pilates for People over 50 Years Old: It’s not too late to start!

If you are over the age of 50 and considering Pilates, don’t shy away from it. Many people wonder if they are beyond a good age to get started with such a workout program. Trust me when I say that being over the age of 50 should never slow you down and keep you from joining in on the benefits of Pilates.

As a fitness expert and personal trainer who has helped many people over the age of 50 throughout the Pacific Northwest, I have many clients who do Pilates. While some wonder if they are too old to get started, they quickly realize they are not once they get going. There are a lot of good reasons to take up Pilates, and you are never too old to gain those benefits.

Pilates is a low-impact exercise that focuses on strength and stability. It’s an ideal form of exercise for older people, because it is low impact and easy to do. Pilates focuses on posture, muscle strength, and balance. Most classes are 45 minutes to an hour in length, and you can do it in a class at a club or you can do it from the comfort of your own home, by using a DVD. You can even download a Pilates app for your phone, so you can do it on the go and wherever it is convenient for you.

Some of the benefits that Pilates offers is that it helps to make you stronger, helps sculpt and tone your muscles, improves flexibility and balance, improves posture, and provides an overall sense of wellbeing. It’s a safe exercise that some find brings relief from chronic paid brought on by arthritis and low back pain. Pilates can help to improve your fitness level overall, but it is not a substitute for doing cardio workouts. Pilates is not a cardio exercise, so you will still need to do this in addition to having a cardio routine. Ideally, you should try to fit in Pilates twice per week, in between the days you do your cardio workout.

Whether you plan to give Pilates a try from your home, or you decide to take a class at the gym, it’s a great way to give your body some attention. You are never too old to do this gentle form of exercise, and you will be glad that you did it. Everyone, no matter what age they are, needs to have an exercise plan that will keep them moving and becoming stronger.