In Runner’s World magazine Diana Sotos talks about the benefits of Yoga for runners and, as more and more runners are turning to Yoga as part of their training routine, I thought worth looking at the points she has to make … taking up yoga meant that she dropped her 5k time from 20:16 to 17:11 and, in her words, she believes ‘Yoga will help you run better and faster.’
So …. why IS yoga so good for you?
FIRSTLY: BREATH CONTROL & MINDFULNESS
Yoga teaches you to breathe from your diaphragm loading your blood with more oxygen. The deep breathing techniques also improve the function of stabilising muscles in your core and pelvic floor. SO WHAT …? It creates a much more efficient stride – what’s not to like!
Yoga’s meditative aspect combines a runner’s breathing with the training of the brain to focus on the present. It’s said that this can actively lower blood pressure, ease tension and slow your breath.
AND … STRENGTH & FLEXIBILITY
The more yoga you do the more strength and control you’ll develop. Standing one-legged poses and twists target the muscles on the sides of your hips and core. Weaknesses here are common in runners and can result in IT band problems, knee pain and other associated injuries.
SO how can YOU make Yoga part of your life?
Begin with a sequence of one to three poses (see below) and the best time to do these is straight after a run when the muscles are warm.
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So if you don’t do YOGA yet as part of your running routine … get to it at New Energy https://www.newenergyyoga.co.uk