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Pilates: Your Secret Weapon for a Healthier Body over 60

By Christine Kirkland November 14, 2023 Health and Fitness

One piece of advice I find myself repeating like a mantra is this: Pilates is an absolute game-changer for women over 60! Allow me to shed some light on this.

As a certified Pilates instructor who has dedicated the past decade to working with seniors, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing the transformative power of Pilates, right before my eyes.

It’s not just about the physical changes I observe; it’s the stories, the triumphs, and the newfound sense of strength and vitality that my clients share with me. These women, ranging in age from 50 to 85, form an inspiring community of Pilates enthusiasts.

Over a cup of coffee, one of them recently told me about her experience of holding her new grandchild and effortlessly getting up and down from the floor while cradling the little one. Her daughter, in awe of her mom’s strength, couldn’t help but ask the secret behind her abilities. Without hesitation, her mother (my client) replied: “Pilates.”

This anecdote is just one of the many heartwarming stories I’ve had the privilege of hearing from my clients. Pilates is a remarkable body science that deserves to be embraced by those over 60. While mainstream media has portrayed Pilates as a workout for the young and flexible, I have found Pilates to be life changing for women as we age.


I have witnessed first hand the transformation and the sheer joy on someone’s face when they regain confidence in their body and embrace life to the fullest thanks to Pilates. Hence the reason why I have created a FREE, 12 Days of Pilates journey for you, and below is a video that will give you an idea of Pilates for beginners.

Pilates isn’t just a form of exercise; it’s a lifestyle, a philosophy, and a promise of renewed vitality. Let’s dive into why:

Enhanced Mobility and Flexibility

Embracing a Pilates practice in your 60s can significantly improve your overall mobility and flexibility. Pilates exercises focus on gentle stretching and controlled movements, which help counteract the stiffness and reduced range of motion that often accompany aging. This increased flexibility not only makes everyday activities easier but also reduces the risk of injury.

Stronger Core and Posture

Pilates places a strong emphasis on core strength and posture. A well-developed core can alleviate back pain, improve balance, and support the spine. For women in their 60s, maintaining good posture and core strength is crucial for preventing the progression of age-related conditions like osteoporosis and ensuring a confident, upright stance.

Stress Reduction and Mental Well-Being

Pilates isn’t just about physical benefits; it also promotes mental well-being. The mindful nature of Pilates exercises, combined with controlled breathing, can reduce stress and anxiety. Women in their 60s often face various life changes and challenges, and Pilates provides a space for mental relaxation, fostering a positive outlook on aging and life in general.

Pilates is not just an exercise routine; it’s a lifeline to vitality, strength, and mental well-being.

With enhanced mobility and flexibility, you can regain the freedom to move comfortably, relieving the aches and stiffness that may have held you back. A stronger core and improved posture empower you to stand tall and face each day with confidence. And, let’s not forget the power of Pilates in reducing stress and enhancing your mental well-being, creating a positive perspective on the aging process.

Now that you’ve glimpsed the potential that Pilates holds, I invite you to join me on a FREE 12 Days of Pilates journey online. It’s an opportunity to experience the magic for yourself and embark on a path to renewed vitality. Embrace Pilates, and let’s make your golden years your best years yet!

Let’s Have a Conversation:

What are some struggles you are experiencing today that you hope Pilates could help? Have you experienced the magic of Pilates before? Please share you story below to help inspire others. If you haven’t tried Pilates before, what concerns do you have about embracing this form of exercise?

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I cannot kneel since I had knee replacements, can I still do Pilates?

Christine Kirkland

Absolutely! There are chair Pilates classes which is perfect if you can’t get down to the mat or kneeling isn’t an option for you.


Hi this looks great! My concers about Pilates have been, is it safe for women with Osteoporosis? Also with a hiatal hernia and its attendant acid reflux, I’m not supposed to have my head lower than my abs. Are these issues a problem with a Pilates program?

Christine Kirkland

Hi Dana, Thanks for your comment. To answer your question – yes, Pilates is safe for women with Osteoporosis. It’s a great compliment and gentle on your joints. As for hiatal hernia and not putting your head below your abs there are many exercises in Pilates that are suitable for this. I would encourage you to modify and listen to your body. Thanks Christine


I started doing mat Pilates at my gym a few months ago when I retired. It’s definitely a game changer especially for core strength and balance.

Christine Kirkland

That is great to hear Chris. Thanks for the comment. I hope it inspires others to try Pilates.


The Author

Christine Kirkland is a certified Pilates Instructor who has helped women worldwide reduce pain, tone their bodies, and improve full-body strength and balance. Replace ”no pain, no gain” workouts with gentle and effective online Pilates classes. Join her On Demand Pilates Studio today with a FREE 7-day trial.

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