How Pilates is Better for You Than Running

Pilates is often touted as the perfect workout for anyone, regardless of size, shape or experience level. And while it’s true that Pilates offers a wealth of benefits, many people wonder if it’s really better than running. As a cardio exercise, running is popular amongst men and women and is highly regarded as one of the best regular fitness routines you could try.

But at Club Pilates, we believe that Pilates is the ultimate workout (and dare we say, even better than running?) – and here’s why!

Unlike Running, Pilates is a Low-Impact Workout

Pilates is a low-impact workout, meaning it does not put undue stress on your joints the way running can. In fact, many people turn to Pilates because they are looking for an alternative to running that is easier on their bodies. Many people run long distances every day, putting unnecessary strain on their joints, ligaments, and muscles. Most experts agree that running 3-4 times a week is sufficient – as well as the recommended minimum to avoid injury, unless you’re training for an upcoming marathon.

Pilates, on the other hand, can be done every day without much risk of injury. Joseph Pilates, the creator of Pilates, originally designed the workout to be a rehabilitative exercise for injured soldiers. He believed that by strengthening the core muscles, the entire body would benefit – and he was right!

What’s more, Pilates can be taken up at any time as it helps to strengthen and support your joints.

Pilates is a Workout for Your Entire Body

Running is primarily an exercise for your legs. Sure, running does work your arms and shoulders to some extent, but it’s not a very effective upper body workout. Pilates, on the other hand, works your entire body from head to toe.

Every single move in Pilates requires engagement of the core muscles (abs, obliques, and lower back). In addition, since most Pilates moves are done lying down or sitting up, you’ll also be working your arms, chest, and upper back. Pilates is a workout for your entire body, meaning you’ll not only see results in your legs and butt but also in your arms, abs, and back.

How Pilates is Better for You Than Running - member of Club Pilates using TRX

Pilates Promotes Controlled Breathing & Movement

In Pilates, every move is done with control and precision. You’ll never find yourself flailing about or losing your balance (unlike in some other workouts!).

This is because Joseph Pilates believed that controlled breathing and movement were essential for a successful workout. He believed that by connecting your breath to each movement, you would be better able to focus on your form and achieve results. This mind-body connection is what sets Pilates apart from other types of exercise and is one of the reasons why so many people find it to be such an effective workout.

Pilates isn’t just a low-impact cardio workout – it’s also a great way to build strength and flexibility. Many of the moves in Pilates require you to support your bodyweight with your arms or legs, which builds strength over time. In addition, the controlled movements help to improve your flexibility and range of motion.

Pilates is also unique in that it helps to lengthen and tone your muscles, rather than bulk them up the way weightlifting does. This makes it an ideal workout for women who want to avoid getting “too muscular.”

Try Pilates at a Club Pilates Near You!

Whether you’re looking for a low-impact workout, wanting to try something new, or just want to give your body a complete workout from head to toe, Pilates is the perfect exercise for you. And at Club Pilates, we offer high-quality Pilates classes taught by certified instructors at locations nationwide.

Find a Club Pilates near you and try a class today!