Acquiring and maintaining good balance is greatly beneficial for older adults as prevention for falls, injury, and loss of independence. Pilates and balance go hand in hand with its positive effects on strength and coordination. This decreases the fear of falling, which often leads to a reduction of movement and lack of mobility.
Balance is required in daily activities such as walking, getting up and down from a chair or the ground, picking up or carrying objects and catching oneself from a near fall. Numerous studies have shown that Pilates exercises can improve balance and gait with an effective increase in muscle strengthening and specific balance training.
Taking a Pilates practice from the floor to standing is a great way to link Pilates principles to everyday movement.
Chair Pilates is an excellent way for seniors to build the strength and agility needed for balance before going into an unassisted or full standing practice.