Why Do We Exercise?
Since my early teen years, I started exercising by running. I went to a small school and so I automatically made the track team. I never won any races, and most times I came in last or almost last. I didn’t care, I loved to run. Through the years, I have continued to run as a form of exercise. It was not until 2005 when I joined a local fitness center and realized that I also enjoyed weight training and taking fitness classes. During that time, I had also begun taking physical therapy courses on Pilates. These Pilates courses lead me onto a path of taking formal training in Pilates both classical and rehabilitation Pilates training. In general, I like to exercise. Do you? If so, what motivates you to exercise? Do you recognize the benefits of exercise?
As a Physical Therapist and a Pilates trainer, I recognize the benefit of exercising. Over the years, It has always amazed me when my patient’s tell me that don’t like to exercise. Sometimes this is because they have other enjoyable ways to spend their time and sometimes it is because they have pain or impairments that interfere with their ability to exercise. As people age, many changes start to occur. Some of these changes include loss of flexibility, balance, and strength. (1) Unfortunately, the choices we make to not exercise and live a sedentary lifestyle can lead to “unsuccessful” aging. Physical exercise and a physically active lifestyle are some of the ways people can age “successfully”. (1, 2) A meta-analysis study in 2013 showed that physical activity can prevent and slow down age-related functional decline that leads to disability. (3) As you are aging, I hope that you are working on staying physical activity.
Pilates is one of many ways to exercise as you age. Pilates has beneficial effects on postural balance, endurance, coordination, strength, and flexibility. (4) Two other Meta-analysis studies indicated that Pilates seems to be effective in improving balance (5, 6) and muscle strength (6). If you choose to add Pilates to your exercise program, look for a Pilates trainer who is Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) certified.
If you are struggling to find the right type of exercise for you, contact me or another Physical Therapist with Pilates training through the APTA, Polestar Pilates or the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA).
Patricia Oys PT, DPT, MSPT, CEEAA, PMA ® -CPT
Owner of Therapeutic Pilates
Patricia Oys received her BS in Physical Therapy from the University of MN, her MS PT from the University of Indianapolis and her transitional doctorate degree (DPT) from St. Scholastica. She has extensive training in Pilates with both classical and rehab training. She is certified in Pilates through the Pilates Method Alliance
She is passionate about helping people develop the right type of exercise program for them. In her leisure time, she loves running, Pilates, gardening and spending time with her family.