Podcast 46: Pilates, Somatic Movement, Strength Training: What Are The Essential Exercises For Women Over 40?


As we get older, we need to think about the best way to move our bodies for better mind body alignment and function. There is no one size fits all in terms of exercise because each of bodies have been to different places. Physical therapist, Ada Wells, gives us practical advice on what we should do and should not do depending on where our bodies are in at in terms of strength, mobility, and physical structure. 

In addition to her physical therapy practice, Ada runs Be Well Stay Well which is an awesome online platform that offers on-demand pilates, somatic movement, Oov, and other exercise classes. She is so generously offering Modern Aging listeners a 7 Day free trial. She also offers live classes. If you have no experience with pilates or is just getting back into exercise, check out Ada’s foundation classes. It’s extremely important to know how to move safely before adding speed, power, and resistance. 

Modern Aging viewers get a special 7 Day Free Trial. Click the link: http://bwsw.net/modernaging

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What’s in this episode?

1:17 Meet Ada

1:55 How Ada became a physical therapiist

3:32 Movement vs. exercise

6:34 Pilates vs. Yoga

8:16 Exercise equipment

10:00 The foundations of movement 

11:55 Minimum exercise recommendations

13:50 3 of the Important tips 

14:50 Deep abdominal muscles

16:43 The six pack

16:59 Range of Motion

18:40 Strength

21:00 Osteopenia or osteoporosis

23:40 Ada’s online classes and program

26:40 Accountability

27:45 To bodies who have been places

28:27 Types of classes

30:30 Special offer-7 day free trial

31:50 Takeaways

What you will learn:

  • the difference between movement and exercise
  • the difference between pilates and yoga
  • the three fundamentals or movement
  • why it is critical to strength as we get older


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