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Pilates can be a valuable addition to your training regimen if you’re a runner, as it offers several benefits that can help improve your running performance and reduce the risk of injuries. Here’s how Pilates can assist your running:

Core strength:

Pilates is built around building core strength, which includes the muscles of your abdomen, lower back, and hips. A strong core is essential for maintaining proper posture and stability while running, helping you maintain good form throughout your run and preventing excessive fatigue.

Improved posture:

Pilates exercises promote better posture by increasing body awareness and teaching you to engage and strengthen the muscles that support your spine. Good posture/alignment is crucial for efficient running and can help you avoid injuries caused by poor alignment.

Increased flexibility:

Pilates incorporates a range of stretching exercises that can improve your overall flexibility, which is essential for a full range of motion in your joints and muscles. Improved flexibility can enhance your stride length, making your running more efficient and reducing the risk of muscle strains.

Enhanced body awareness:

Pilates encourages mindfulness and awareness of how your body moves and feels. This heightened body awareness can translate into better running mechanics, allowing you to make adjustments in real-time to maintain proper form and reduce the risk of injuries.

Balance and stability:

One of my favourute part of any Pilates class I run is working with clients on balance. It is true that as we get older we lose our ability to balance so whether yu ar ea runner or not improving your balance will improve your overall health and wellbeing.

Enhanced balance and stability can help prevent trips, slips, and falls during your runs, reducing the risk of acute injuries.

Injury prevention:

By strengthening and stabilizing key muscle groups, improving flexibility, and promoting proper alignment and posture, Pilates can help reduce the risk of common running injuries such as shin splints, IT band syndrome, and knee pain.

Recovery and rehabilitation:

Pilates can be a useful tool for recovering from running-related injuries or surgeries. It provides a low-impact way to rebuild strength, improve mobility, and regain fitness while minimizing stress on injured areas.

Breathing techniques:

Pilates incorporates controlled breathing techniques that can help improve your lung capacity and efficiency at breathing deeper. Learning to breathe more effectively can boost your endurance and overall running performance.

To reap the benefits of Pilates for running, come and join my Pilates for runners class in Fishbourne on Thursday nights or take part in my 8 week Pilates for runners online course.