A strong upper body provides runners with many benefits. Strong leg muscles are needed for running fast, but many people underestimate the importance of upper body strength for running. The abdominal and back muscles play an important role in stabilizing your upper body. When you run, your arms counterbalance the motion of your legs, that saves energy. The swing in the arms propel the body forward so the lower body isn't doing all the work. And a strong upper body enhancing a runner's form when fatigued. So you see it all starts with the core and back muscles and how they give you stability. Pilates Mat uses your own body weight, burns calories, increases mobility, builds strength and flexibility, not to mention the endurance you will gain while executing great form for anything life throws at you. You will also increase your structural fitness and help your bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles withstand the impact from running. Join one of my Pilates Mat Classes and see how strong you will become!