Eight yoga moves for time-pressed runners
IN AN IDEAL WORLD, runners would balance their bodies and minds by practising rejuvenating, rebalancing yoga for at least an hour twice a week, says physiotherapist and yoga instructor Diana Zotos. For most of us, who are forced to live in the real world, that is almost certainly not possible – let’s face it, it’s a major struggle some weeks even to fit in enough decent training runs. However, any asanas (that is, poses – if you’re going to learn yoga, you may as well learn the lingo) you can squeeze into your schedule can improve your running performance, reduce your injury risk, relieve stress and increase mindfulness. Practise this postrun routine (or as much of it as you have time for) from Ann Mazur to help release tension in your hips, quads, hamstrings and other areas that are often tight in runners. See these exercises in motion at runnersworld.co.uk/eightmoves.