Are you ageing well, or are you not feeling great about ageing? Do you feel good in your body?
Susie explains how the right exercise can be the key to vitality, ageing well and living longer.
Pilates is the ideal exercise for aging well, & living longer, stronger!
Suna Pilates is brilliant for all ages as we offer low-zero impact workouts that strengthen the core, improve balance and flexibility and provide full-body exercise. All of these things reduce the risk of falls and improve the quality of life... but there's more to the equation.
Exercise helps you retain muscle as you age
This seems obvious, but retaining muscle tone and halting age-related muscle loss requires both regular aerobic and resistance exercise. It’s the perfect reason to get moving with Pilates. Strength, resistance, flexibility and aerobic exercises are key to preventing muscle loss.
There is a lot more you can do too, from taking Vitamin D and eating more protein to avoiding obesity in middle age. What you do now matters to your long term health! Read more about preventing muscle loss here, or ask us about how SunaForm and SunaFit classes are ideal for mature clients.
Aerobic exercise can improve memory function & maintain brain health
It's official - an Australian study examined effects of aerobic exercise, including stationary cycling, walking, and treadmill running on a region of the brain called the hippocampus, which is critical for memory and other brain functions.
Lead author, NICM postdoctoral research fellow, Joseph Firth said "Our data showed that ... the main 'brain benefits' are due to aerobic exercise slowing down the deterioration in brain size. In other words, exercise can be seen as a maintenance program for the brain."
Physical exercise is one of the very few scientifically proven methods for maintaining brain size and function into older age.
Suna Pilates SunaFit and SunaForm classes are Accredited by the ACC and Ministry of Health programme 'Live Stronger for Longer'.
Aimed at preventing falls and the resulting injuries in over 65's, the 'Live Stronger for Longer' programme is designed to encourage appropriate exercise, and to improve strength and balance. You can find out a lot more about the programme on the www.livestronger.org.nz website.
The programme arose because every year 1 in 3 people aged 65 and over injure themselves in a fall. This rate rises to 1 in 2 once we reach 80. The good news is falls aren’t a natural part of the ageing process, and we can proactively work to prevent them.
Exercises that strengthen your leg and core muscles, and improve balance reduce the risk of falling. It’s that simple.
This clinical evidence has motivated ACC and the Ministry of Health to work towards getting as many people aged 65+ into exercise as possible.
"We know, without a doubt, that people who have good leg and ‘core’ strength also have good balance. Building your strength will improve your balance, and help prevent a fall." - Professor Matthew Parsons
Just like for younger people, exercise also helps 65+ Kiwis improve:
- bones strength
- energy levels
- quality of sleep
- blood pressure, blood sugar levels and weight.