By: MercyOne Iowa Fitness Staff
Runners of all fitness levels can benefit from incorporating Pilates into their training/workout routine. Pilates can help runners to improve performance and reduce injury.
Increase strength in your core
Your core includes your entire torso, including your hips, abdominals, back, shoulders and neck. Pilates can strengthen these muscles so that you are strong and balanced.
Improve posture and stability
Pilates encourages proper movement patterns and teaches correct posture. Improved core stability protects your spine from injury during dynamic movement.
Faster speed and increased endurance
Pilates helps you loosen your hips, legs and back, all helping you keep a fluid, long stride.
Pilates increases joint mobility, improves flexibility and body awareness. With a regular Pilates routine, your muscles are in better condition, so you feel less fatigued, sore, and tight after a long run.
Pilates teaches you to fill the lower lobes of your lungs more fully, to engage your diaphragm more consciously and to use breath with increased awareness to assist your movement patterns. These are breathing techniques for running.
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