Can you run a 10K without breaking a sweat but not touch your toes even if your life depended on it? Well, don’t worry, you are not alone. Scores of runners suffer from flexibility issues. In fact that’s a part of the training process. Running by definition leaves the telltale signs of tight lower back, gluteus, quads, hamstrings and calves. And if you don’t work diligently on working on these areas, they can lead to muscles imbalances, injuries and poor performance. Well, fret no more. Yoga is the practice you need to keep your body healthy and run injury-free for the long haul. It is the perfect antidote.
Once I started strength training regularly, I became a much more efficient and injury resistant runner. And I believe the same could happen to you if you only just heed the advice I’m going to...
Speaking from personal experience, the practice of yoga has changed my running in so many ways. I became more conscious of my breathing—in fact I owe most of the things I learned about breathing to yoga, specifically Pranayama practice. Yoga also helped me correct some major muscle imbalances in my lower body—so it drastically reduced many of the pains, aches and injuries—including a reoccurring runner’s knee that I struggled with for so many years. Plus, yoga has also helped me improve my running form and times, and shortened the time I needed for recovery between runs significantly. The list goes one and one, and the conclusion is: "Yoga Can help Anyone" The gains in strength and flexibility will eventually translate into pain-free running, and decreasing the risks of injury and trouble. That’s a fact I seen with my own eyes, and something that other runners—and athletes in other fields—have professed.
As a runner, you should realize by now that strength training is part and parcel of your training program. And if you are already mindful of your muscles, then congratulations! Keep up the good work. But, I still have a question: “Do you do any sort of feet strength training?” If your answer is no, then, buddy, you are missing out, big time. The Benefits of Feet Strength Training
I can’t emphasize the importance of daily yoga practice—regardless of your current physical fitness level and training goals—but a speaking to you as a runner, hatha Yoga is vital for injury prevention, performance, relaxation and improving health on all facets—physical and mental. Practicing these basic yoga poses will help you stretch out your muscles, improve your posture and prevent running injuries and discomfort. Also, Yoga has balancing effect. While running tightens your muscles up, a regular yoga routine can help you loosen them and help them stay pain-and injury-free Taking the First Steps toward a Runner’s Yoga Practice
There is a lot you can do, as a beginner runner, to bullet-proof your body against common running injuries as well as increase performance on the running field. In other words, you can decrease the risks of pain and injury by taking some time every week to strengthen and stretch vital parts of your body. Today I am sharing with you some of the best exercises you can do as a beginner runner, to guarantee a smooth, and pain-free running experience.