Any woman over the age of 40 is abundantly aware her body has changed and the things that we used to take for granted are now much desired. One of those things is our core strength which also affects our balance.
According to Heather Lewis, owner of Maximum Pilates, it's important to improve balance and flexibility as we age because it can lead to falls and stumbles that can cause serious injury in some cases.
She says it's important for women and men of all ages to keep these functions in tact for a healthy life.
Lewis says Pilates works on both by maintaining core strength, developing better posture, and creating a mind body connection that helps with physical functions.
Pilates can be performed a number of ways, on a machine called the Reformer or on a mat, and Lewis says people of all ages and abilities can do these exercises. In fact, she says she has seen plenty of men improve their golf, tennis and running through Pilates.
Here are a few of Lewis' suggestions to help you get started at home.
1. Standing exercise to help balance
2. Roll-up (half and full) into Teaser
3. Single leg kick
4. leg circles
If you're interested, now is the time to give it a try. Maximum Pilates is offering 1 free 30 minute session on the Reformer during the month of June, 2012. They also have several other specials available on their website.
7575 N. 16th Street, Suite 25
Phoenix, AZ 85016
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