Outdoor running is a great way to stay fit, especially when the weather is nice and the scenery is enjoyable. Running can calm the mind, strengthen the lungs, and help with weight loss and maintenance. It also boosts the metabolism and aids in circulation, strengthening the heart.
Pilates can boost running performance by working the core muscles that are needed for both walking and running. It aids in body alignment, making each step you take more effective and less likely to injure you. The certified instructors at Mongoose Bodyworks understand how the body’s muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia interact to produce movement and can help you meet your unique fitness goals.
The act of running places many demands on your body and subjects it to many forces it is usually not exposed to during routine activities. As a result, running often results in injury and degenerative conditions like the loss of knee cartilage. For running to be a successful way of getting fit, the runner’s body must be prepared for the demands.
Pilates exercises enable you to strengthen the muscles of the hips, knees, and legs in a way that does not strain them, as many of the exercises are done in a low impact way. It also keeps muscles and joints in correct alignment while you exercise, ensuring that forces are not distributed in such a way that they injure your joints. When the hip, leg and core muscles are strong, you’re less likely to hurt a joint while running.
If you enjoy running as a way to stay fit but want to improve your running performance, make an appointment with a certified Pilates instructor at Mongoose Bodyworks today. Whether it’s your first Pilates class or you’re a seasoned student of Pilates, we’re here for you. Give us a call at (212) 431-8377 and check out our professional Pilates studio. We serve New York City and surrounding areas.