‘I’m a fitness expert - a low-impact activity has kept my body young and corrected a lifetime of issues’

Woman and yoga matt

Women in the fifties could benefit from regular pilates (stock image)

Solen Le Net

By Solen Le Net

Published: 08/05/2024

- 15:11

Updated: 08/05/2024

- 15:23

Low-impact exercises are essential for keeping the body limp as we age, a fitness guru has claimed

Exercise in all its forms exerts an anti-ageing effect on the body by promoting greater blood flow and oxygen uptake.

Nevertheless, some activities have been deemed more beneficial for women as they enter their golden years.

Pilates is often described as one of the top anti-ageing exercises because it addresses a broad scope of health concerns.

According to Rachel Franklin, the owner of the recently opened Studio Pilates in Putney, the subtle form of strength training is hugely beneficial for the ageing body.

Pilates class

Pilates can correct a lifetime of issues due to bad posture


She noted practising lower-impact exercises of this nature will make the body more youthful and correct a lifetime of issues caused by poor posture.

Certain movements have also been shown to reverse issues that go hand in hand with ageing.

“As we age, muscle mass naturally decreases,” the expert said. “Pilates helps strengthen and lengthen muscles, improving overall strength and function.

“Stiffness is a common complaint as we get older. Pilates stretches tight muscles, increasing your range of motion and keeping the body limber.

“Good posture can help you look and feel taller, in turn increasing confidence. Pilates strengthen core muscles that support proper spinal alignment, helping to reduce slouching."

An additional benefit of pilates exercises is that they challenge balance, which can help prevent falls and improve overall coordination.

By promoting better blood flow, pilates can also deliver essential nutrients to your cells and keep you feeling energised.

“Weight-bearing exercises such as Pilates can help maintain bone density reducing the risk of osteoporosis," added Rachel.

This could prove critical for women who suffer changes in their after the age of 50.

Last but not least, pilates also improves cognitive functions and reduces strength, which are equally important for healthy ageing.



Frequent pilates sessions will keep the body youthful


Women of all ages can follow pilates exercises and benefit from them, regardless of their age or level of physical fitness.

Women who are postnatal or have postural issues are advised to "seek advice from a quality Pilates teacher" before trying out harder poses.

"Please always seek advice from a qualified Pilates teacher, and ensure you have the sign-off from your health professional before starting," Abby McLachlan told GB News.

"Similarly in pregnancy, please always go to a pre-natal trained teacher, as there are exercises that are not suitable in pregnancy."

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