Pilates associated with improved strength, postural balance and quality of life

Including Pilates sessions into one’s life may improve strength and wellbeing.

Question

What are the effects of pilates on muscle strength, postural balance and quality of life?

What was done?

32 study participants aged ≥60 years were assigned to the experimental group (that performed Pilates twice per week for 12 weeks) or a control group (that performed static stretching twice per week for 12 weeks). A number of physical strength and quality of life assessments were done before and after the experiment.

What was found?

Significant improvements in knee extensor and flexor strength, postural balance and health-related quality of life were observed in the Pilates group when compared to the control group.

How does this affect me?

Including Pilates sessions into one’s life may improve strength and wellbeing.

Article Abstract
[Purpose] The aim of the present study was to determine the effects of Pilates on lower leg strength, postural balance and the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of older adults. [Subjects and Methods] Thirty-two older adults were randomly allocated either to the experimental group (EG, n = 16; mean age, 63.62 ± 1.02 years), which performed two sessions of Pilates per week for 12 weeks, or to the control group (CG, n = 16; mean age, 64.21 ± 0.80), which performed two sessions of static stretching per week for 12 weeks. The following evaluations were performed before and after the interventions: isokinetic torque of knee extensors and flexors at 300°/s, the Timed Up and Go (TUG) test, the Berg Balance Scale, and the Health Survey assessment (SF-36). [Results] In the intra-group analysis, the EG demonstrated significant improvement in all variables. In the inter-group analysis, the EG demonstrated significant improvement in most variables. [Conclusion] Pilates exercises led to significant improvement in isokinetic torque of the knee extensors and flexors, postural balance and aspects of the health-related quality of life of older adults.

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