Can You Do Pilates if You Have Arthritis?
Do you suffer from arthritis? If so, you may be wondering if there are any exercise methods that are safe for you to try. Many people with arthritis shy away from exercise altogether, fearing that it will only worsen their pain. However, this doesn’t have to be the case!
Pilates is a low-impact workout method that can provide significant health benefits for those with arthritis. In fact, Pilates may be one of the best exercises you can do to improve your joint health and reduce your pain levels. Club Pilates studios offer a supportive environment where individuals with arthritis can safely participate in Pilates classes. Our instructors are trained to modify exercises as needed to ensure that everyone in the class gets the most out of their workout.
Find out more about how you can do Pilates if you have arthritis below!
According to statistics for 2022, 3.9 million Australians suffer from arthritis. That’s about 1 in 6 people – and by 2030, this number is expected to rise to 5.4 million of the total population. So, if you’re reading this and thinking, “I’m not alone in this,” know that you’re right – arthritis is a very common condition. But what exactly is it?
The term “arthritis” can actually refer to a wide range of conditions that affect the joints, ligaments, and cartilage. The two most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is caused by the wear and tear of the joints over time, while rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in the joints.
No matter what type of arthritis you have, though, the symptoms are often similar: pain, stiffness, inflammation, and reduced mobility.
Exercising When You Have Arthritis
So, if arthritis causes all of these negative symptoms, why would anyone want to exercise? The answer is simple: exercising can actually help improve the side effects of your arthritis!
When you have arthritis, it’s important to find an exercise method that won’t exacerbate your symptoms. High-impact workouts like running or jogging can put a lot of strain on your joints, which can lead to more pain and inflammation. Pilates, on the other hand, is a low-impact workout that is perfect for those with arthritis.
Pilates for Arthritis
Pilates is an excellent workout method for individuals with arthritis. It helps to improve flexibility, balance, and muscle strength – all without putting unnecessary strain on the joints. In fact, many people with arthritis find that Pilates helps to reduce their pain levels and improve their overall mobility.
Exercising when you have arthritis can be challenging and intimidating, and the frustration of wanting to work out but worrying about worsening joint pain or discomfort is no small thing. But with Pilates, you can finally get the exercise you need without having to worry about making your arthritis worse.
Pilates is Low-Impact and Joint-Friendly
Pilates is a low-impact exercise method, which means it puts minimal stress on the joints. This is vital for those with arthritis, as high-impact workouts can actually worsen pain and inflammation.
Pilates is also a very joint-friendly form of exercise. Many of the movements are done lying down or seated, which takes the pressure off of the joints. And because Pilates focuses on controlled, slow movements, there’s no risk of jarring or putting too much strain on the joints – something that can happen with other types of exercise like running or jogging.
Modifications Can Be Made to Ensure a Safe Workout
When you have arthritis, modifying your workout routine is often necessary to avoid worsening your symptoms. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still get a great workout in!
At Club Pilates, our instructors are trained to modify exercises as needed to ensure that everyone in the class gets the most out of their workout. We can adjust the intensity of the movements and use props to support the joints, so you can focus on your workout without worrying about your arthritis.
A Supported Environment for Those with Arthritis
When you have arthritis, it’s important to find an exercise environment that is supportive and accommodating. At Club Pilates, we want everyone to be able to enjoy the benefits of Pilates – no matter what their fitness level or health condition may be.
Our studios are clean and bright, and our equipment is top-of-the-line. We also have a wide variety of class types and times to choose from, so you can find the perfect workout for your schedule. Plus, our instructors are always available to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Take a Supported Class at Club Pilates
With any health condition, it’s important to consult with your doctor before trying any new form of exercise. But if you’ve been given the green light to exercise with arthritis, Pilates is a great option!
At Club Pilates, we offer a variety of classes across Australia, including North Lakes, Noosa, Unley, and Lane Cove, that are perfect for those with arthritis. We have everything from beginner classes to more advanced workouts, so you can find the perfect class for your fitness level. We also offer a variety of times and days to choose from, so you can easily fit a workout into your schedule.
If you’re ready to try Pilates but want to make sure you’re in a supported environment, come try a class at Club Pilates today!