Yoga can help run­ners train


Run­ners can be reluc­tant yo­gis. We think our time is bet­ter spent con­tin­u­ally pound­ing the pave­ments.

It’s usu­ally an in­jury that will force us into fi­nally do­ing a stretch rou­tine. But if you’re smart, then in­cor­po­rate stretch­ing (and strength work) into your train­ing pro­gramme now.


Gently ease into stretch­ing. You would never run a half­marathon overnight with­out train­ing well or run too fast, too soon. So, have the same ap­proach to stretch­ing. Do a lit­tle bit and, slowly over time, you will im­prove.

Use yoga ex­er­cises to strengthen your core. The slouchy-look is un­cool and a sleepy mid­dle lim­its your power.

Yoga can help to re-bal­ance your body. If you’ve got a nig­gle, then you can end up com­pen­sat­ing in an­other area mean­ing that in­jury is in­evitable.

Avoid burn-out with the de­stress el­e­ments of yoga. For­get the body ben­e­fits for a mo­ment; this stuff comes up trumps for the mind.

Yoga in­cor­po­rates some great breath­ing ex­er­cises so you can bet­ter learn how to har­ness your breath. Main­tain­ing steady, calm breath­ing in those last miles can give you an edge. Shal­low breath­ing will only leave you breath­less, steal en­ergy and slow you down.

Sharpen your fo­cus through yoga. Yoga can help you to si­lence dis­trac­tions and truly fo­cus on race day. In those fi­nal miles of an event, lots of run­ners want to give up. This is when your mind drives your legs.

Yoga will im­prove your range of mo­bil­ity. This will help you move well and run well.

Your pos­ture and align­ment can be im­proved through yoga. So, you’ll look bet­ter, and run bet­ter too.

Lastly, make sure you stretch ‘‘smart’’. See a yoga teacher or per­sonal trainer so they can check your align­ment and tech­nique is cor­rect.

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