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Pilates for Runners

Pilates can make a huge contribution to running. A lot of runners do what they do best- they run and run and run! But running needs more than this. Running needs a stable foundation to support you and to propel the legs step after step.

Pilates gives you the strong core for this foundation and can enhance pelvic stability, so that your hips don’t rock about unbalanced. Steady hips and a strong core will allow you to stride further with more power and efficiency. This is also important when you start to tire- the legs will fatigue and your hips will sway in a more disjointed way, slowing you down and placing more strain on your body. Pilates will also aid injury prevention by keeping all your muscles strong and supportive to your joints.

Try these 3 exercises to enhance your running:

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The plank challenge!

It’s been a while since I posted a Friday challenge! Here is The Plank challenge!

This is such a simple, whole body exercise that challenges your core to the very end, but it also requires strong upper body support and stable legs to hold you long. The mental challenge of how long you can hold it will develop with practise! It is also suitable for almost everyone and all levels of fitness.

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Stretches for the upper body

Stretching is so important for easing tight muscles and sore spots, and the upper body is especially prone to this because we spend so much of the day sitting, crouched forwards, and yes slouching too! Even if you have good posture, most activities and sports all involve rounding the shoulders and leaning forwards- all the positions that stress the chest, neck and shoulders.

Try these 5 stretches to relieve the upper back, chest, neck and shoulders:

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Stretches for the lower back and hips

Day-to-day everyone (or most of us!) comment at some point about a sore lower back, a back stiffness or a hip stiffness, or just being generally stiff! We need to regularly stretch our body and constantly change these positions. If you spend all day sitting, or even just in one similar position for too long your muscles will tighten and adopt to this position. Prolonged use of this will eventually give pain and stiffness. Plus- stretching generally makes us feel good!

Here are 6 stretches to try to relieve lower back and hip tightness and help promote a healthy back!

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Water for better body function!

Water- why is it so important?

When you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated. Your body is 60% water so it is not surprising that you need to replenish these stores regularly! The feeling of thirst is your brain telling you that it is already depleted of fluids and the cell balance is off.

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Questions Answered! By a Pilates Teacher

Your questions answered!

I receive many questions about general Pilates, the exercises, and general fitness queries when I am teaching and just as many via email! So I’ve decided to create a theme to answer your questions on a regular basis! Not found your answer here? Ask away and I will give you the answer in the next post!

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Motivating Mindset and The Pilates 100 (free workout!)

There are some days where we just don’t feel like going for that run or going to your fitness session, or maybe you don’t go at all? But when you complete your workout when have you ever said “well that was a bad idea”- Never! This lack of motivation is all in the mindset. Having the right mindset can be a HUGE influence on your training. A positive mindset gives a positive result! If we can change our attitude and outlook to exercising then you are much more likely to get on with it, complete it, and feel great! Have a think of these factors below to influence your mindset, and try THE PILATES 100 below for a daily Pilates workout.

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