Can Pilates benefit me as a runner?
Pilates is a functional exercise and conditions the whole body through natural and flowing movements. This helps develop a runners coordination.
Pilates is a body and mind workout that assists in improving proprioception - knowing where your body and extremities are in space. This is important for runners to keep their balance since the movement in running is done on alternating single leg (imagine balancing on one leg, then alternating between legs at a fast pace). This also helps runners to maintain proper footing especially on uneven surface which would help prevents slips and sprains.
The Breathing Principle of Pilates engages the right muscles and would help runners breathe efficiently and maintain correct running posture.
Overall stamina will improve as muscular endurance in the abdominals, pelvis, hip, and back increase. This is important especially for long distance runs.
Pilates combines strengthening the agonist (contracting) muscle while actively stretching the antagonist (opposite) muscle, which will increase range of motion on joints and improve a runner’s flexibility.