There is a very interesting piece of television from BBC Scotland that you can view on line about how to live longer. There is a very simple test that researchers in Brazil have shown to be a most significant indicator of life expectancy. It is whether you can sit down on the floor from a crossed leg position and stand up again just as we do in Pilates class.
It is an indicator of leg strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. As we get older and lose these functions, we are more in danger of falling, more in danger of breaking a hip and never being able to recover. Falls are a significant cause of death in older people.
Pilates is an excellent way of maintaining function and it is worthwhile practising this move as an exercise in itself, not just as a way of getting up and down from the mat.
More research from Brazil where they take their Pilates very seriously indeed, shows how effective Pilates is at improving dynamic balance, the balance you need to move around all the time and not fall. They showed that participants who took part in a Pilates class of 50 minutes, three times per week significantly improved their dynamic balance in just four weeks which is an amazingly short space of time and a very impressive result. Dynamic balance is considered the most important key element in falls prevention no matter what your age or your other activities.
As I say in every newsletter, it is consistent and regular Pilates that gives these results. Twice a week is the minimum. Even if you can't get to class, we have the class exercise lists available for you to do a little work with at home and a trawl through U Tube will find you some good clips if you know what you are doing.
We have a Facebook page for Northland Pilates if you would like to take a peak. Make sure you hit the like button when you do!
Even though it hasn't got too chilly yet, we have noticed people getting increased leg and foot cramp during class. We have non slip socks for sale to keep your feet warm and help prevent cramp. Also, try to relax your feet while working and focus all your work in your power house.