Whether you’re a seasoned runner who takes on weekly park runs, earns PBs & racks up miles per week, or someone new to the runner’s world, perhaps having started as a New Year’s Resolution, adding pilates into your week could help with your running.
Whilst running is a good way to keep in great cardiovascular shape, your body can take a beating. Certain muscles are overused, others are underused and all of this can result in a range of aliments, including back, hip and knee problems.
Pilates exercises help to create a stronger, flexible spine and core whilst also promoting quicker recovery from injury. It also helps you to focus on your head and neck in relation to the spine and pelvis and continue through the legs and toes. This means more efficient body movement and less chance of injury. Pilates compliments running.
Exercising with pilates will help you:
- achieve a more upright running style
- evenly build up your back muscles
- expand your diaphragm
- increase the range of motion in your hips & shoulders
- increase your overall balance, strength & flexibility
A stronger, more stable core helps you, the runner:
- run more efficiently downhill with a stronger and more balanced sciatic area
- experience less tightening in the neck, head & shoulders
- focus on proper movement with better kinaesthetic awareness
- shave seconds off your times because you move more efficiently
- and ultimately, run without pain
Join Jakki at Purely Pilates North East where you can dive into the world of pilates which will not only benefit your running ability, you’ll also meet new people and benefit your general wellbeing.
Pilates during pregnancy has been in the public again again recently with Andy Murray’s wife Kim Sears was snapped heading to a class. When done properly, pregnancy pilates is perfectly safe.
Make sure to check that your instructor is trained in teaching pregnant women & choose a pilates class that’s appropriate for pregnant women. Please check our classes page for more information.
The main benefit of pilates during pregnancy is that it targets those muscles & functions, in a safe way, that can be a problem during & after birth. There is even some research which suggests that doing pilates regularly can be as effective as doing pelvic floor exercises.
Regular pilates will strengthen your tummy muscles, reduce back pain & help you with balance which is ideal as your bump grows. It will also strengthen your pelvic floor, take the strain off your back & pelvis whilst showing you how to relax & control your breathing, perfect for labour!
Is there anything to do if you’re new to pilates? Make sure you can find your pelvic floor muscles. If you are able to do a good pelvic floor contraction, you’ll get more out of your pilates session.
There’s no better time to get into Pilates with Purely Pilates North East.
Our next beginners course starts on Sunday 21st February 2016 at 10:00am to 12:30pm. It’s £17 per person or
you can book a complete 6 week course for only £42 per person.
The new Pilates term starts the day after on Monday 22nd February. It’s a 5 week term (4 week for Saturday classes) which takes us to the Easter holidays. The cost is £35 matwork & £30 concessions. Saturday’s £28 and £24 concessions (sticks £32).
Book with us by calling 0191 536 6251 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come along, bring your friends & enjoy Pilates in the North East, with Purely Pilates.