What benefits can Pilates provide for seniors? Della Pia:
The list of benefits to an older participant is extensive. Maintaining mobility as long as possible is one of the main goals. Many adults who have begun participation in a Pilates-based exercise program report having more energy, decreased aches and pains and an improved quality of life. Clinical studies report that an exercise program can slow the progress of age-related conditions like osteoporosis, sarcopenia and may even contribute to delayed onset of mental health issues like Alzheimer's. Maintaining independence seems to be one of the biggest boons. OSF:
Should seniors take Pilates classes separately from younger members? Della Pia:
Yes. Since the exercise choices may need to be altered significantly, it would be much more beneficial for an older member to take a class with other older participants. Having specialized classes may also take away some of the intimidation or self confidence issues that may go along with a senior attending classes at a club or fitness facility. OSF:
How should these classes be marketed so that seniors know the classes target them? Della Pia:
There have been a number of marketing initiatives that teach centers how to market to this specialized group. Once again, if an individual knows that the class is going to be geared toward them, they may be more inclined to sign-up – which is good for everyone concerned.
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