How Will Pilates Help My Running?
Pilates exercises create a stronger, more flexible spine and core, and also promotes faster recovery from strains or injuries.
For a runner, posture is one of the key ingredients to success. Great posture depends on a strong core. Pilates develops a strong core by supporting and strengthening the muscles of the torso, hips shoulders and pelvis. These can eventually lead to a huge positive difference in your posture, technique, balance and stability. Alignment of your head and neck are in relation to the spine and pelvis, on down through the legs and toes, will create efficient movement and you will experience fewer injuries…it’s a win-win!
The reformer offers all the famous benefits of Pilates including overall strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance. These things in turn lead to daily life improvements like better posture, graceful, efficient movement, and for many, relief from pain associated with physical imbalances such as back pain. When we talk about strength building and Pilates the Pilates powerhouse muscles, the muscles of the core, are paramount. Flat abs, strong backs, toned buttock and thighs are all results of this emphasis. Other equipment and Pilates mat exercises do that too, but the reformer creates a unique and varied exercise environment.
I have been thinking a lot lately about what motivates people to keep going, pursue their dreams and goals…even in the face of difficulty, opposition and obstacles. You see it in athletes, artists, scientists and people who have a particular passion for a cause. Do you have a passion…what inspires you to keep going?
As we move on into the new year, I would challenge everyone to think about – what inspires you? When it comes to fitness I think inspiration and passion applies. It’s tough to stay motivated doing things that bring little reward, or if we are doing it for approval from others, or to achieve a false ideal.