Running is an amazing activity that brings a wealth of health benefits. Running helps release adrenaline, and provides an excellent training for our cardio-vascular system.
Runners often experience issues though, ranging from lower back pain, hip and knees problems, to tendon issues and hamstring injuries.
Let’s face it, going for a run in the park may be perceived as a bit of a shock for our bodies after hours spent contracted in an unnatural position in front our computers, or commuting on trains and cars.
When we sit for many hours, our hip flexors muscles (which include our quads) tightens, while our glutes (the muscles around hips and sit bones) become weaker. This often cause the pelvis to tilt forward, which can not only bring misalignment but also lower back pain.
In the meantime the hamstrings which are forced to be in this unnatural position (i.e not moving), tend to become tight, and this is further enhanced by that shift of the pelvis described above.
The relationship between the muscles around the hip (your glutes) and your hip flexors is crucial to avoid injuries and enhance you running potential and performance.
Pilates will help strengthen the glutes and rebalance the muscles around the hips, freeing up your hamstrings.
In our next article we will explain more about the roles of our feet, why they are so crucial for our aligment and how they can cause problems further up into the Kinetic chain.
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The author. Claudia Armani is a Pilates Instructor based in London. She is passionate about promoting health and wellness, in a way that is approchable and jargon free. To book a session with Claudia, please click here.