Pilates For Running
Run faster and farther with less chance of injury.
Whether you’re a competitive runner or weekend jogger trying to shed a few pounds, there’s no doubt that running is a great way to stay in shape and blow off steam. With active training we can sometimes develop asymmetries we'd ideally like to avoid. Poor body mechanics can cause certain muscles to become overused and others to become underused. This can result in a variety of ill formed ailments from lower back pain to shin splints, to tight strong muscles and short weak muscles. It can also lead to a wide variety of tears, strains and pulls.
Pilates exercises create a stronger, more flexible spine and core, and also promotes faster recovery from strains or injuries. Posture is one of those key ingredients to success in any physically demanding sport. A lot of the time, posture is dependent on core strength. Pilates develops a strong core by supporting and strengthening the muscles of the torso, hips shoulders and pelvis. These can eventually lead to a positive gains in your posture, technique, balance and stability. It enables a better mind body connection, focusing on where your head and neck are in relation to the spine and pelvis. This all adds up to more efficient movement and less chance of injury.
Pilates exercises will:
- Develop even muscle formation
- Elongate and align the spine for greater stability
- Expand the diaphragm
- Increase overall flexibility, strength, and balance
- Increase range of motion in hips and shoulders
- Enhance concentration through focused breathing and thought awareness
- Provide more upright running
- Help bodies recover faster from injuries
- Run more efficiently uphill with a stabilized musculature
- Run more efficiently downhill with a stronger and more balanced sciatic area
- Experience less tight muscles
- Increase oxygenation and stamina
- Focus on proper movement with better kinesthetic awareness
- Decreased fatigue without experiencing pain
- Shave seconds off your times