Yoga and Pilates: Part 1 

At some point in all of our lives we have all experienced some kind of pain, tightness or stiffness. With an increasing population of people working behind desks and working longer hours, repetitive strains into muscles and joints are becoming more apparent.

Not to mention that people are living longer and therefore there is a larger population of people who suddenly find themselves over 60 and unsure how to maintain their quality of life because of their previous low activity levels.  The fact is that whether we are working long hours or enjoying retirement, over the years, imbalances throughout our bodies occur.

Primary factors contributing to imbalances are muscular tensions and joint stiffness. Reducing these imbalances is the key to also reducing our aches and pains. There are plenty of forms of exercise out there, but the two main exercise groups that continue to be recognised as reducing imbalances is Yoga and Pilates.  Both Pilates and Yoga can have the following benefits; increase strength, increase joint mobility, improve breathing, increase lower abdominal and back strength, improve circulation and reduce aches and pains.  Before attending a Yoga and/or Pilates class why not try some stretches that can be found at this link first- https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=p-AUSfhdCQA 

In our next article we will discuss what to look for when deciding which exercise class to join.  

Joel Poirier
Elite Therapy
BSc Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy VTCT