Our ageing process is pretty much down to what we eat and how we treat our body. I hold a weekly lesson at a residential home where I’m consistently watching these amazing people getting fitter and stronger whilst joining in their youthful banter. Their average age is 92 and we get out of breath and work through our muscles mercilessly! I kid you not.
My point is that you don’t need to turn the intensity needle down to keeping active just because you’ve reached a certain age.
Keep laughing, that’s one thing sure to keep you young. Pilates should be structured but fun and part of my method is to keep things fresh and updated. Some of my class participants moan when I’ve been on a new course because they know I’m going to throw something completely new at them.
My Pulborough class got a surprise when I taught them a break-dance routine as a warm-up. It was challenging but when broken down into chunks, was easy to get the hang of. Wish you could have seen the laughter in them when a whole room full of 60+ ladies and gents did an amazing choreographed break-dance routine! Magic.
Look for a class which suits your tempo. Mine is a fast and quite dynamic style whilst others teach with a more focused approach to the breathing, keeping the technique slow and deliberate.
You can begin Pilates at any age. Dorothy 93 has been doing my classes for a year and now has the capability of walking up and down stairs with assistance where she couldn’t have done that a year ago. Pilates and stamina building exercises have helped Dorothy to do this.
There really is no barrier to age in Pilates.
I’m so passionate about this that I am writing a book, ‘The Regan Method’ specifically designed for women who are 60+ and who don’t want to be babied when it comes to exercise. I’ve added a full section on nutrition with a 30 day eating plan and workout programme that cuts out bloating and really boosts your muscle strength. But more about that another time.
Keep active and give it a try. In my book (so to speak) you’re never too old.