Pilates, Health and Longevity

Paula Kalish founder of Bodies by Pilates

Dear Friends,

As many of you already know, I recently turned 60. Honestly, I never thought I’d be announcing my 60th birthday. But, despite having to admit that youth is behind me, I am so very grateful to have reached this milestone with strength, energy and vitality.

Medical science tells us the natural metabolic changes related to aging decrease muscle mass and compromise the function of our nervous and muscular systems. Our heart rates slow, along with our ability to take in and use oxygen. Bone loss, joint problems, and other debilitating medical conditions are also common.

Joseph Pilates rejected this inevitability. He taught us, “A body free from nervous tension and fatigue is the ideal shelter provided by nature for housing a well balanced mind, fully capable of successfully meeting all the complex problems of modern living.”

We focus on the relationship between posture and good health in this issue. One reason is because it is important to understand why we stress it so much in your workouts. The other is the surprising truth that at the very heart of good health and longevity is the achievement and maintenance of ideal posture.

I am fortunate to have discovered the gift of Pilates so many years ago. I am grateful for its enormous impact on my life and for the opportunity it has given me to improve the health and wellbeing of our clients.

To your many healthy and happy birthdays,

Paula