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Armchair pilates by Moira Merrithew-325

Armchair pilates by Moira Merrithew

Pilates is a mind-body system that emphasizes controlled movements and conscious breathing patterns. This gentle activity provides many benefits that not only attend to some physical concerns of aging, but also help clients achieve greater well-being and self-esteem through their golden years.

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Ezy Tai Chi: a simpler practice for seniors by K. John Fisher, Fuzhong Li and Machiko Shirai-218

Ezy Tai Chi: a simpler practice for seniors by K. John Fisher, Fuzhong Li and Machiko Shirai

As a form of exercise, tai chi increasingly appeals to the growing proportion of older adults that looks for alternative and convenient ways to exercise for health. Originally developed for martial arts purposes in China more than 300 hundred years ago,1 this practice has been used as a traditional exercise to improve fitness, health and longevity2 for individuals of all ages. Tai chi’s low-to-moderate intensity and beneficial effects on strength, flexibility, breathing and balance3,4,5 make it especially attractive to mature adults.

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Strike gold: profitable pilates programming by Lindsay Merrithew-58

Strike gold: profitable pilates programming by Lindsay Merrithew

The wellness rush is on. Baby boomers heading north of 50 prospect for ways to preserve their health. And they’re discovering the landscape of mind-body fitness, thanks to the mainstream media’s interest in the subject.

Heavy publicity fuels public awareness of and demand for holistic programs across the age spectrum. But today’s older adults have a special affinity for mind-body approaches such as contemporary pilates, and they increasingly stake their well-being on these practices, as the walls between conventional and alternative medicine erode.

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Meditation in motion by Jim Concotelli-55

Meditation in motion by Jim Concotelli

If you go for an early morning stroll in China, you will see elders moving slowly and quietly, performing dance-like movements, in parks and other spaces. Emanating the energy and vitality of youth, they bend and flex their bodies with apparent ease, as they calmly practice tai chi - the art often referred to as meditation in motion.

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Prime time for pilates by Moira Stott-Merrithew with Catherine Komlodi and Alison Hope-45

Prime time for pilates by Moira Stott-Merrithew with Catherine Komlodi and Alison Hope

The trend towards more balanced, sensible approaches to health and wellness has gained momentum in the past few years. Many of those who pumped and jumped at gyms during the aerobics-crazed ’80s are physically burnt out from “feeling the burn.” The pavement-pounders notice their backs and joints aren’t what they used to be. And stressful careers and family demands leave some mentally drained and disconnected. Boomers and older adults are looking for kinder, gentler wellness solutions—and they’re exploring mind-body fitness, such as yoga, tai chi and pilates, as if their lives depended on it.

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Aging gracefully: yoga for older adults by Beth Shaw-26

Aging gracefully: yoga for older adults by Beth Shaw

Yoga is a growing trend in North America. Classes are springing up in dedicated studios, senior centers, retirement communities, health and fitness clubs, community centers, assisted living communities, wellness centers and churches. To what does this age-old practice owe its new appeal? Two reasons stand out: accessibility and multidimensional benefits.

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