Yoga and Pilates are both low-impact workouts that focus on using body weight resistance. The benefits are vast. Both workouts can increase overall health, leading to a better quality of life.
The benefits of yoga have been studied extensively. In addition to physical and mental benefits, yoga is also known to have positive effects for medical issues, including:
- multiple sclerosis
- respiratory conditions
- high blood pressure
- chronic pain
- type 2 diabetes
Yoga is popular with people with arthritis for its gentle way of promoting flexibility and strength. Some research suggests that yoga can reduce pain and mobility problems in people with knee osteoarthritis. However, some yoga moves aren’t suitable for people with arthritis. Find a teacher who understands arthritis and can adapt movements for individual needs, especially if you have replacement joints. Check with a doctor or physiotherapist to find out if there are any movements to avoid.
For more information on Yoga see: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/guide-to-yoga/
There are a number of yoga classes held in communities across the county. Some instructors can be found here http://www.bwy.org.uk/find-a-teacher-class/
Yoga for Healthy Backs offers specific care for the lower back, and has classes held in Cornwall. For more information and a list of providers go to: https://www.yogaforbacks.co.uk/
Pilates focuses on small movements that require the use of important stabilizing muscles of the back and core. There is a strong emphasis on starting each exercise with a controlled breath that initiates a contraction of the core muscles. Pilates can be done on a mat or on specialized equipment. The equipment is unique as it only uses springs, levers, and your own body weight to provide resistance.
- increase muscle strength and endurance
- improve flexibility and posture
- lead to better balance
- result in decreased joint pain
For more information on Pilates click here https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/guide-to-pilates/
There are a number of Pilates classes held in communities across the county. To find a list of clubs and organisations offering Pilates see http://www.getactivecornwall.co.uk/activities/pilates/q/a-listclubs/.