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Movement Is Life

active ageing Jun 27, 2021
 
Way back when I was at university studying to be a Pilates teacher, our lecturer declared "Movement is Life."  She then delivered a very powerful lecture, which had such an impact on me, I still remember it almost 17 years later and it has influenced my whole Pilates vision.  She asked us to imagine what it would be like to be heading towards the end of our lives and have several years left of being mentally healthy but having lost the ability to move.  What would that mean?  Basically, you would have lost your independence and you would be 100% dependent on others around you for your very survival.  You would also be putting yourself at risk of a range of other diseases due to being completely inactive.  Not to mention the potential mental health issues the loss of mobility would expose you to as well.  This all sounds very depressing but this is where Pilates comes in.  Many of the issues that could cause you to lose your ability to...
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Shrinking in Height as You Age? Pilates to the Rescue!

 
No one likes the idea of shrinking in height as they age but the good news is Pilates can really help you to reach and maintain your full postural potential at all stages of life, especially into your later years. 
We all know the stereotype of the "little old lady" or "little old man" whose body has given in to gravity.  They have shrunken in height with their upper body curled forward, a hump on their upper back and if you add a walking stick and some coke bottle glasses, you have the classic cartoon or fairytale "old person."  Shrinking in height can begin during our 40s, even a little earlier for some people and it's thought we lose approximately  2 cm - 4 cm sometimes more, from our peak height by the end of our lives.  So let's look at why this happens and how you can use Pilates to maintain as much of your peak height as possible, so you can stay, strong, flexible, healthy and lengthened as you age.

Why do we shrink as we age?

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