104-year-old cites Pilates as key to longevity

Filed under: Pilates News — Wayne on June 18, 2014

A Kentish woman has credited regular Pilates exercises for her long-life.

Vera Wrighton recently celebrated her 104th birthday by taking part in a Pilates class at her care home.

Still agile for her age, the great-grandmother is thought to be the oldest practitioner of the exercise in the country and still participates in weekly classes, as well as fitness sessions at the Sunrise care home where she resides.

Vera is often spotted with her resistance band in hand, which she uses to stretch and tone her century old body. It is to this and a lifelong love of exercise that she credits her longevity.

Vera told reporters:

“I’ve always liked keeping fit and now I make sure I do lots of walking as well as taking part in Pilates lessons.”

Phil Tucker, the activity co-ordinator at the care home, added that Vera is a regular at the Pilates classes in Pilates classes pilates classes Pilates classes, which are held every Tuesday at Sunrise. Although, he did note that she is not at every session, as sometimes she will take a break if she does not feel like working out.

He explained:

“Some weeks I will go up to see her on a Tuesday morning to take her downstairs for Pilates and she will say ‘do I look like I need it?’. But she is a remarkable lady and if you didn’t know her age you would guess that she was in her 80s so maybe the Pilates is helping.”

Vera intends to keep up with Pilates classes for as long as she is able.

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