The weight bearing aspects of Pilates, along with the focus on alignment, stability, and core strength all come together to build bone and support the structure of the body. So yes to helping prevent osteoporosis. But once a person actually has osteoporosis, they are in a whole different exercise scenario. The bones are fragile and many Pilates exercises are not recommended. For example, the flexion (forward bending) Pilates exercises, of which there are many, are not to be performed. Also, great care has to be taken with the use of any Pilates equipment. At that point, it is very important to work with a trained instructor who is aware of the guidelines for working with osteoporosis and who can tailor a Pilates program for the individual.
A person with osteoporosis can still expect to use Pilates to strengthen their core in a way that helps support the spine, to gain the benefits of enhanced range of motion and flexibility, and to enjoy the rejuvenating qualities of Pilates exercise. But please, if you have osteoporosis, do the research, check with your doctor, and work with a fully certified instructor.
Is Pilates Good for Seniors?
Exercise and Osteoporosis
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