Pilates: The Secret Sauce of Active Aging

by Leslie Braverman on August 3, 2016


Eva, a long-time PNWP client, at 80.

Eva, long-time Pilates fan and PNWP client, is 80. Our record-holder is 93.

Pacific NW Pilates (PNWP) has long-term clients of all ages. Among the most committed, successful and satisfied are those who practice Pilates to stay flexible, strong, balanced and active in maturity. Pilates keeps golf games, hiking, biking, skiing, etc., safer, more effective and more fun.

There’s evidence to support investing in exercise you enjoy. Two articles struck our fancy recently. The first is a study we spotted in the New York Times. Staying active keeps telomeres longer and that helps us live longer.

Does Exercise Slow the Aging Process?

Does Exercise Slow the Aging Process?

Excerpt (click on picture for full story):

Almost any amount and type of physical activity may slow aging deep within our cells, a new study finds. And middle age may be a critical time to get the process rolling, at least by one common measure of cell aging (telomere length).

People who reported two types of exercise were 24 percent less likely to have short telomeres; three types of exercise were 29 percent less likely; and those who had participated in four types of activities were 59 percent less likely to have very short telomeres.

Interestingly, these associations were strongest among people between the ages of 40 and 65, the researchers found, suggesting that middle age may be a key time to begin or maintain an exercise program if you wish to keep telomeres from shrinking.

The second emphasized a favorite of ours—neuroplasticity. By learning something, then changing the plane, speed, tempo of instruction, etc., we keep surprising our brain, which has real benefits.

Which Type of Exercise Is Best for the Brain?

Exercise changes the structure and function of the brain.

Physical activity generally increases brain volume and can reduce the number and size of age-related holes in the brain’s white and gray matter.

Excerpt (click the image above for the full article):

In studies with animals, exercise, in the form of running wheels or treadmills, has been found to double or even triple the number of new neurons that appear afterward in the animals’ hippocampus, a key area of the brain for learning and memory, compared to the brains of animals that remain sedentary. Scientists believe that exercise has similar impacts on the human hippocampus.

Virginia and Michael 3

Two favorite clients—Michael and Virginia Henry have been taking Pilates at PNWP for more than 15 golden years.

Moving—often and with great variety—is the spice of life. Pilates is the secret sauce to make favorite activities and sports sing.

See you in the studio.

Pacific NW Pilates is studio, school and fitness family under one roof. By the numbers: 22 studio instructors; 45 group classes a week; 33 professional training workshops in 2016; and 10 conveniently scheduled certification course series, including functional anatomy, mat, reformer, Cadillac, barrels, injuries and special populations, rehab, therapeutic Pilates, group class instruction, ZEN-GA, and Total Barre.

Pacific NW Pilates is studio, school and fitness family under one roof. Click to learn more about our education courses and workshops, private studio sessions and group classes. Or call for details: (503) 292-4409.


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Janet Nordlund August 7, 2016 at 8:28 pm

Eva, Virginia and Michael! You all are sooooo amazing! I respect you all as people tremendously and I love doing Pilates with you. You three inspire me!


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