Running is perhaps the most popular form of exercise in the United States. According to Running USA, there are approximately 36 million runners in the US, about 15 million of whom run 100 days or more each year. From casual joggers to marathoners and elite track and field stars, runners encompass the full spectrum of experience. Perhaps the reason for the popularity of running as a form of exercise and fitness is that it requires no other equipment than a pair of quality running shoes. It can be done virtually anywhere, and for casual runners, requires no specific training.
However, running does, in fact, take a toll on the body through jarring, repetitive motions. Though a person may have started out just tying on his or her shoes and jogging around the block, it becomes quickly apparent that there are necessary training techniques to help prevent and avoid injury. For runners looking to improve performance, increase overall health, and reduce the risk of injury, cross training is critical.
Pilates is an extremely effective form of cross training for runners. Pilates trainers in Oklahoma can help runners understand how Pilates can complement running. According to Pilates Pro, Pilates can:
- provide an assessment of overall strength, flexibility, and balance.
- emphasize awareness of posture.
- create uniform muscle development.
- introduce the functional mechanics of the spine and extremities.
- emphasize good form in both Pilates and running.
- work all muscle groups for effective cross training.
- teach breath control.
With its emphasis on balance, posture, focused breathing, and attention to proper form, Pilates naturally supports running. Both mat work and reformer exercises are effective for improving health and running performance, increasing core strength, correcting postural imbalances, and increasing balance in the muscles of the back and the hips.
Whether you run for general health and fitness, or whether your competitive nature pushes you to improve your distance and/ or speed, Pilates can help you achieve your goals.
Tue, July 3, 2012
by Rene Craig filed under