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Iceni Magazine | December 2, 2021

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Putting Pilates at the core of everyday life

Julian Askham Pilates

Pilates is proving itself to be far more than just a health trend or fad. The benefits are proven as a valuable tool for maintaining a healthy lifestyle; the focus on the ‘core’ making it especially good for supporting and strengthening the back.

But why is this so relevant in today’s society, and what is the reason for its growth in popularity? It’s simple: our ageing population is making headlines – it’s expected that more than one in three people born in 2013 will live to see their 100th birthday. Here in Norfolk we have one of the country’s oldest populations (in 2014 23.4% of Norfolk’s residents were aged 65 or over, compared to 17.6% of England as a whole).

Embracing methods to strengthen our bodies for the journey into old age is something that should be at the forefront of our minds. 

Pilates is an exercise suited for all ages and abilities. Its essence of working the core muscles, over time, will help to support the back, while the exercises will increase the body’s ability to balance and help combat the fear of falling. It keeps mobility high and improves flexibility in joints, ensuring the body doesn’t slow down as the years go by. And, of course, the routine of being part of a regular group benefits mental wellbeing and is a great way to make and see friends.

Julian Askham is a Body Control Pilates teacher who trained at their London centre in 2014. Body Control Pilates is widely seen as a benchmark for safe and effective teaching of the highest quality, with a Code of Practice governing teaching standards, professional ethics and continuing education. Julian leads regular classes in the Broadland region of Norfolk.

For more information find Julian Askham Pilates online at or search ‘Core Pilates Norfolk’ on Facebook.

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