Orthopedic Surgeon Recommends Yoga and Pilates

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA
Jun 20, 2016

Offering yoga and Pilates movements may encourage more people to stretch regularly and to enjoy the
benefits. Many people skip stretching because they believe they lack time or are too stiff, but there are
important reasons to prioritize flexibility training. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
encourages individuals to include daily flexibility exercises.

“Increasing your flexibility improves your ability to move easily,” said orthopedic surgeon and AAOS spokesperson Raymond Rocco Monto, MD, in an AAOS news release. “Some joints lose up to 50% of motion as we age. There are many ways to improve joint flexibility, including controlled stretches held for 10–30 seconds, stretches that rely on reflexes to produce deeper flexibility, as well as yoga and Pilates.”

The AAOS notes the following research-based findings on the benefits
of consistent stretching:

  • less back and joint pain
  • better circulation
  • improved joint motion
  • better athletic performance
  • improved muscle health

Sharing these benefits and introducing yoga and Pilates movements may encourage
more people to make time to stretch.


Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at www.shirleyarcher.com.

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