Guest blogger Carla Langridge is a 76 year old personal trainer who can run rings around her grandchildren. She is still working more actively than most, was an opera singer in her youth and is a force to be reckoned with.
The freedom to walk, to run, to ride a horse, to dance, to travel etc.
Do whatever you must to prolong 'freedom.'
Pilates is an evidenced based ,functional, holistic way of exercising. Although some of the equipment has been adapted for the 21 st C the fundamental principles of Joe Pilates 'theories have remained the same. I believe in these principles and have embraced the science and adhere as closely as possible to the execution of these exercises.
Pilates has helped ease me into the next phase (dare I mention old age) of my life and I believe my physical strength and agility has influenced and improved my mental outlook. Too bad about the wrinkles and sunspots, just watch my open leg rocker and upstretch combo.
Joe Pilates referred to his method as the art and science of Contrology: Meaning 'the mind control over the muscle control'. The mission of all contrology exercises remains the same: To develop every muscle in the body properly and scientifically , in order to improve circulation, boost muscle power and build endurance. Joe P said this could be done 'by gaining the complete mastery of your mind over the complete control of your body'. Naturally he has never inhabited the body of a middle aged female.
An important factor I have taken out of Pilates is an 'awareness'. An awareness in my body of muscle weakness, of muscle imbalance or of tight muscles. Also an awareness of one part of the body in relation to another.
Posture is my 'go to'. What is my spine doing sitting , standing, walking, exercising. What are my shoulders and hips doing in relation to my spine? Am I slumping or slouching?
Think of yourself as work in progress and look at obstacles as opportunities.
Pilates principles maybe able to help you in other areas of your life where there is always 'stuff' going on. A strong flexible spine can be used as a metaphor for so many things.