Running and Pilates, there’s nothing like it
There’s nothing like soaking up the great outdoors and running is an excellent accompaniment to enjoying just that while reaping the benefits of one of the best forms of cardio. It’s a great way to keep you heart in check, increase stamina and lose weight, which is always a plus. Coupled with Pilates, it’s a natural complement to strengthen core muscles, reduce injuries and increase balance. Runners come in all shapes and sizes and no matter the type of runner you are, be it short distance, long distance, competitive, casual, the same group muscles are used to propel us forward.
So what are the benefits of running and Pilates? Here are just a few that’ll keep you running like well tuned car.
Side lying leg series
These help strengthen the gluteus medius and stabilize hips.
Start with laying on your back on the floor. Both legs are raised simultaneously above the ground and held in the raised position for a few seconds. This workout is designed to strengthen the abdominal muscles.
Be wary if you have back pains or injured your back as it places strain on your lower back.
Unlike crop circles, these are no mystery. They help stabilize hips and increase leg rotation.
Lie on your back, knees bent, feet flat on the floor, hip width apart, in line with sit bones. Arms long by sides, one leg reaching straight up to the ceiling, hip flexed at 90 degrees.
You don’t need a swimming pool or head to the beach for these exercises. Swimming exercises help thoracic extension that are helpful in reducing injury to your spinal cord.
Lie on the stomach with the legs and feet together, both arms above the ahead, chin on the floor. Simultaneously, raise the left leg, the head and right arm as high as possible. Switch the sides and repeat 5 rounds.
Side bends help strengthen all the muscles groups like abductors, adductors and obliques that keep us running well.
Stand upright with your feet slightly apart. Keep your shoulders pulled back and always face straight ahead. Maintain this posture throughout the exercise. With one arm, reach down the side of one leg while raising the other arm up the opposite side towards the ear. When you feel a tension in your muscles, hold the position for a few seconds and repeat in the other direction.