Pilates and long distance running

March 05, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Training for a marathon or half marathon? The benefits of cross training are well known for distance runners.  It's important to break up your running training with strengthening exercises you enjoy.  Strengthening your muscles (especially your core) and improving your flexibility will help to reduce your risk of injury during training and make running feel easier.

Pilates is a great way to cross train.. not only does it improve core strength and stability, it can also help to improve your breathing.  Better diaphragmatic breathing will make your running more efficient, and allow you to run further with more ease.  

Check out this link to runner's world for some key Pilates exercises for runners. 

http://www.runnersworld.com/ 

For more exercises, or variations of exercises give us a call on (09) 277 8297 and book in a session with one our therapists. Sessions can be made as a one off for running exercises and tips and no referral is required!