Pilates is an excellent source for improving mobility and range of motion in the joints for everyone but especially for seniors. Those newer to the method or are already active can benefit greatly from the functional conditioning of Pilates.
The ability to move freely and with ease as well as combat poor habitual patterns - such as excessive sitting, standing or repetitive movements, is essential to one’s quality of life. Optimal mobility isn’t just about stretching but rather a balance of strength and flexibility. Strength and stabilization are necessary components for increased mobility, which is necessary for everyday activities such as walking, getting out of bed or getting up and down.
Pilates helps build strength in the body due to targeting the smaller and deeper muscle groups that support joints as well as strengthening the larger muscle groups.
Pilates exercises combine static and dynamic stretching that lengthens the muscle fibers along with strengthening them to create a greater range of motion.