Pilates Benefits for Older Adults
Six weeks of mat work may provide significant health improvement.
Research shows notable Pilates benefits for seniors. Older adults in a 6-week mat Pilates program who met twice weekly for 1-hour sessions significantly improved functional mobility, mobility, gait, balance and physical activity, according to findings from research published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (2022; doi:10.1016/j.jbmt.2021.06.014). The mean age of participants was 70 years.
Study authors believe that Pilates training may reduce risk of falls for older adults through its effect on mobility, stability and gait.
See also: The Science of Pilates Research