While Yoga might not offer the heart pumping high your routine run does, it will provide the strength, balance and flexibility you won’t find on a trail or a treadmill.
As a runner…
1. YOU WANT: Total-body fitness (not just strong legs)
YOU NEED: Upper-body strength
The repetitive motions of running can lead to a lot of tightness in the neck, shoulders, hamstrings, and hips. “Yoga brings more movement into your body, much more movement in the hips, and a more relaxed face and shoulders. Yoga will also help develop your upper body to balance your already-strong legs. Try the following pose to give your legs a break and build arm strength. If anyone asks, you’re practicing a stealth spy move.
2. YOU WANT: Pain-free running
YOU NEED: Increased strength and flexibility
Yoga will eliminate the tightness that leads to pain by opening up your joints. But remember, safety first. The tighter people are, the safer they need to be; especially with runners, who tend to be goal-oriented, the muscles you use for running are strong but [running] doesn’t use all your muscles. A yoga pose requires all the muscles work in tandem.
3. YOU WANT: Injury prevention
YOU NEED: Perfect posture
It’s critical to maintain a range of motion and stretch out the muscles that get tight from running.”
4. YOU WANT: Agility
YOU NEED: Correct stretching
You stretch before you run, but practicing a few yoga poses afterward when your muscles are warm will make you feel a whole lot better the next day.
5. YOU WANT: Faster recovery
YOU NEED: Consistent yoga practice
Yoga can help you recover faster by preventing a buildup in scar tissue.
Read more at Women’s Health: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/yoga/yoga-for-runners#ixzz29UroZfPO
Whether you’re training for a marathon or just looking to improve your fitness through running or jogging, Eau Claire YMCA’s Yoga For Runners is a must!
Join Stephanie for this specific Yoga Level 1 (Yogo for Runners) on Mondays 7:40-8:40pm at the Eau Claire YMCA –
7 week session starts October 29th.
Visit www.ymcacalgary.org or call 403-269-6701 to register.
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