5 Pilates Benefits for the Singapore Runner
Running has been a favourite exercise for a lot of people in Singapore. You can see it every day, at different times, in different areas around the city – people are pounding the pavement. This ubiquitous sport has spawned interest groups and a growing number of events or races, such as the Ironman, the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore, and the Sundown Marathon.
If you are among these people, how are you keeping your A-game on? Whether if it is a competition, or primarily just to pump up the cardio, you are at an advantage when you condition your body right to get the optimum effect. One of the ways to keep your body running in great shape is Pilates, and here are five reasons why you should be adding it to your fitness routine this 2017.
Better Core Strength
A study shows that Pilates help with abdominal muscular strength. Modern Pilates mat exercises, in particular, can help develop the core – the area which includes your neck, shoulders, back, abdominals and hips. The exercises in a Pilates program is created with the primary purpose of stabilizing the core musculature, and what is being taught now sprung from the “five essentials” – breathing, cervical alignment, rib and scapular stabilization, pelvic mobility and utilizing the transverse abdominis muscle.
When the core muscles are strong and balanced the force you exert when running are transferred and focused on your center. Improved core stabilization allows you to maximize the force you exert while running which results in better performance.
Based on research, low-intensity Pilates exercises can help improve muscular endurance. This is initiated by developing core strength, which then leads to an improved posture, form and breathing. Supporting these mechanisms allows you to run the distance because it enhances your breathing focus allowing your breaths to pass slowly and easily.
Acting like a central link in a chain that connects your upper and lower body, the necessary motions you create while running stems from your core. When you build your core, it’s like an internal machinery that cranks up the power in your performance. Movements that ripple from a strong core enhances your body’s overall functionality.
For endurance exercises like running, Pilates can be a good complementary exercise because it builds strength without an increase in size or weight – an issue most athletes are apprehensive about in considering gym workouts. Overall, Pilates conditions your body to have the strength, stability, and control to endure long-distance running.
Amps Up the Speed
If you want to dial up your speed, training your core muscles are also essential in optimizing your performance. The exercises involved in Pilates can help increase hamstring length promoting a longer stride, which ultimately increases speed.
Our body is amazingly forgiving. We can be doing the wrong movements for a very long time without experiencing any ill effects, but eventually it will start to show certain aches, pains, or injuries. This will not improve your performance, but rather impair it over time. Pilates can help you train your system to support the primary muscles in performing the right movements, at a pace that is natural for your body. It gradually strengthens the legs and the core which makes running easier and faster without risking yourself to injuries.
Balance is important in running, and it is also something that is easily taken for granted by most runners. To avoid injuries, you need to nail down stability and balance. Often used interchangeably, these two terms are actually different. Stability refers to the state of the body where minimal active balancing is required, and it results from the alignment of your body as your foot comes in contact with the ground. Balance, on the other hand, refers to the neuromuscular skill that activated the muscles and adjusts body alignment to keep your body upright. It stems from the ability to look forward and react to any challenge of your postural equilibrium. These two go hand in hand, because when you have good stability, you need less balance.
Achieving balance is one of the fundamentals of Pilates, which is also a common problem as people age. As mentioned earlier, Pilates can improve posture and spinal support thus balancing your center of gravity. It again goes back to developing your core muscles.
The stability provided by Pilates allows you to achieve a good balance. This will help you handle momentum, gravity, and any other form of resistance with relative ease. Doing so will also allow you to maintain control of your body.
It is also necessary to think about how your body recovers after a strenuous running exercise. Overexertion and training may result in long-term under-performance when you don’t allow your body to bounce back. Pilates brings a new school of thought to the table that instead of resting the muscles, it is best to exercise them to relax the muscles and prepare them for better performance in future workouts.
If you want to sharpen your running performance and ensure that you prevent injuries, Pilates can be a good addition to your training. See how it can be great for your routine, enroll in one of our classes today.