The secret to aging well means that we make lifestyle changes to ensure that we not only live longer but that our quality of life is enjoyable. It means embracing our senior years rather than despising them.
Having a Yoga and Pilates practice can potentially give you that quality of life. As we age, the body changes, somethings don’t come as easy to us as they once did. We lose our flexibility, our muscle strength & tone, mobility and often our confidence in carrying out regular tasks. So, if you want to keep doing the things that you always did, and enjoying life, then you must keep moving, strengthening the body, working on your balance and your coordination. Yoga and Pilates can give you that and more.
As we age, we become less active, we lose muscle tone and strength, it really is a case of ‘use it or lose it’. Most activities are done in a seated position: watching TV, reading, computer, sitting eating. Sitting has become the latest issue damaging our health. It’s well known that a sedentary lifestyle is not conducive with a healthy life style. For the older population, yoga and Pilates can provide a safer alternative to exercise, it’s low impact and people of any fitness level can participant in this form of exercise.
This form of exercise helps to strengthen and tone the body from the core, and we need the core to be strong and maintained in good working order to ensure that our trunk can support the movement of our arms and legs as we move through our day to day life.
As we age, women especially are more prone to developing osteoporosis so this form of weight bearing exercise can help with bone building to strengthen your bones as well as your muscles. Not only is the body stronger but posture improves and with that come a sense of confidence and self esteem as you carry yourself through the day. There is purpose in your life and a reason to get out of bed each day. Exercise is not just for the body, but it is essential for the mind and soul as well. When we are healthy, we feel good, and when we feel good, we engage fully in life.
At Your Breathing Space we have a lot of women and men over the age of 50 up to quite senior and all are catered for. Everyone works within their own level of fitness and comfortability. We are very inclusive here and while exercise is serious, we also make it enjoyable. The aim is to have students leave feeling better than when they arrived, not just on a physical level but mentally and emotionally as well. Humans are social beings and it’s important that our environment here offers an opportunity for all students to engage in that aspect.