Pilates classes for seniors are held at COTA NT in Spillett House every Monday (with the exception of public holidays and instructor ‘rest days’). Pilates is part of our Fit for Life program, which encourages seniors to stay healthy, grow stronger and to improve their balance, flexibility and co-ordination.
Many seniors turn to Pilates as a way to stay in shape while reducing the risk of injury that weight-bearing exercises may cause. With its focus on controlled breathing and quality of movement-not quantity of repetitions-many experts agree that Pilates is one of the best ways for older adults to stay healthy.
“Pilates is perfect for older adults because it does not have the impact on the body that other forms of exercise do, and is not nearly as severe on the joints as most workouts are,” says Ellie Herman, a renowned Pilates instructor and author. “It really is a gentle way to exercise. If you’re an older adult and haven’t exercised in a while, Pilates is a safe way to restart a workout program.”