Ageing is a natural, gradual process that happens to us all. My book, Pilates for Living will show you how to build a foundation for your future life.
Whatever your age, Mat Pilates will improve your strength, coordination, mobility, flexibility, breathing, balance, concentration and general well-being. Your posture will improve as well. This will not only prevent aches and pains but also lift your spirits as you learn to stand up straighter, lengthen through the spine and embrace, head-on, those advancing years. To my mind, there is absolutely no point in dwelling on the negative aspect of the ageing process. We all know what happens to us both mentally and physically as we grow older, but we don’t necessarily know how to challenge those inevitable changes.
At the risk of stating the obvious, ageing happens to us all and there’s nothing we can do to stop it. But we can slow it down. And whether you’ve just hit your forties or are heading for seventy plus, you can make those years healthy, happy and fulfilling ones.
I stumbled across Harri’s book in my osteopath’s waiting room and whilst it’s not something I’d normally pick up – I’m very glad I did. It’s interesting, informative, easy to read and inspirational. I’d always believed pilates was something for the older generations, but having read about the many health benefits I’m a convert – and I love it! Exercise for the body and the mind. It’s made a huge difference to my back and neck and my overall posture. And it’s actually really relaxing too. This book makes learning the positions easy – the instructions and the photos are really easy to follow. I’ve already ordered a few copies for friends and will be buying many more come Christmas. Mr. James A Futcher
Writing with the over-50 crowd in mind, Pilates instructor Angell shares a useful guide to slowing down the aging process and preparing a foundation for a healthy future. Following a brief biography of founder Joseph Pilates (frail and sickly as a child, in adulthood he became a bodybuilder and athlete while developing his fitness program), Angell leads into the basics of a beginning Pilates routine, from breathing to balance. To illustrate poses, she employs photographs of fit men and women from the book’s target age group, beginning with warm-up poses, easy bending, and mobility exercises. Throughout the book are professional advice sidebars from an osteopath and a physician, as well as testimonials from Pilates students of varied ages, from 49 to 70, describing their positive results (“My back is stronger—I used to have lower back pain and I rarely do now”). The book’s straightforward approach and organization make starting on a Pilates routine seem entirely feasible, and the 20-minute routines, color-coded for beginners, intermediate, and advanced students, enhance that message. “Pilates has changed people’s lives for the better,” Angell says, and self-motivating readers may find this book to be their first, best step toward that change. PUBLISHERS’ WEEKLY, MAY 2018
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Pilates for Living by Harri Angell is the best book on this subject I have ever read. It is inspiring, helpful, and has made such a difference for my health and general well-being. She totally understands what it feels like to be a beginner. I even feel my shape changing now, and I am mentally more fit as a result. I could not recommend this book more highly and I look forward to eventually graduating to Harri Angell’s next book, Pilates for runners. I honestly never thought pilates could work for me, but thanks to this book it does!