Those of you who know me are aware that I am a fierce advocate of the ‘use it or lose it’ adage. As we age it is vital to keep on doing what we’ve always done (and more) with an awareness that we lose a whopping 30% of muscle mass between the ages of 20 and 80. Lifting weights and resistance work (like the TRX sessions I teach in my studio and Power Pilates) are perfect workouts for the ageing body. And of course Mat Pilates is excellent too. My next book Pilates for Living (out next April) is all about keeping the body moving and strong, avoiding frailty and embracing our later life.
Ageing is a fact of life. It happens to us all. We can pretend we are younger, ignore the signs of ageing, risk plastic surgery, botox or whatever, to allegedly stop time, help us look younger. Or we can embrace ageing and get on with it. Because we do have a choice, whatever level of fitness or ability your starting point is, it’s never too late to start moving and to improve your fitness and health. But if you choose not to move, to sit in front of the tv, drive everywhere, never walk, start tomorrow instead of today, ignore the reality of ageing, then don’t be surprised if your joints stiffen up, or you get out breath more easily. It’s not rocket science.
So here’s a Pilates exercise from Pilates for Runners where you use your own body weight as resistance. It’s the roll down into press up – beginners’ version – and will strengthen those arms, back and chest muscles. Have a go. Click on the pictures below to enlarge: