If you’re a runner, you’re looking for ways to run longer and faster.
What if I told you yoga can help you do so?
Yoga for runners keeps you running stronger, faster, and with less effort.
Benefits of Yoga For Runners
Running uses mostly your hip flexors, hamstrings, quads, and calves.
Unless you cross-train, those running muscles suffer from overuse and can lead to injuries. Which really means time off from running…and no runner ever wants that.
Here’s why yoga is so good for runners.
You’ll get stronger. Yoga builds full body strength because you’ll hold a pose for a certain length of time. These poses engage and develop your underused running muscles (stomach, back, hips) for increased core strength. Since your core keeps you steady by aligning your pelvis, you’ll be more solid when running. And when you’re solid, you run faster.
You’ll gain balance. Most runners work in a perpetual forward motion and yoga can incorporate sideway movements to enhance balance. Greater balance means more stability, and that means faster pace times.
You’ll widen your range of motion. Any muscle tightness, such as hip tightness, will limit your stride and slow you down. Not good. With yoga, moving smoothly from one pose to another gently widens your range of motion, so that you can be a more fluid and faster runner.
Basically, yoga makes you solid, stable, and speedy.
Yoga for Runners Videos
It’s tough to fit yoga into your schedule when you’re focused on running more miles. To start, these yoga for runners videos are only a few minutes long and are best used as a part of your cool down.
If you’re really feeling great about yoga, try incorporating a routine on easy recovery days or use it as a cross training opportunity. (But you should check with a medical professional first, to be sure.)
CROSS TRAINING DAYS
Have you eased into yoga and has it helped your running? Leave a comment below!