Yoga Poses to Build Strength for Running | Runner’s World Running Times

Here are segments from the great new article on Runner’s World:

Why strike a pose? Studies have shown that yoga squashes stress, aids weight loss, eases pain, helps people stick to an exercise routine, and even improves running times. The strength and flexibility you develop on the mat–namely in the core, quads, hamstrings, and hip flexors–can help you run more efficiently and stay injury-free, says Adam St. Pierre, a coach, biomechanist, and exercise physiologist for the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine.

Additionally, holding challenging poses builds tenacity that’ll pay off on the road. Lauren Fleshman, a two-time national outdoor 5000-meter champion, started practicing yoga after breaking her foot in 2008. But the poses gave her more than just foot strength: “Yoga helps me control my emotions while I’m in discomfort on the road,” she says. “Enduring an intense pose is a lot like enduring a long run or tempo run.”

For all the perks yoga offers, it still requires a cautious approach. Get too ambitious, and you could end up hurt and frustrated. This guide will make easing in easy.

SHOP AROUND

TIME IT RIGHT

BE HUMBLE

AVOID INJURY

via Yoga Poses to Build Strength for Running | Runner’s World & Running Times.

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One response to “Yoga Poses to Build Strength for Running | Runner’s World Running Times

  1. Reblogged this on A Charmed Yogi and commented:
    With all of the marathons, half marathons, 5 & 10Ks out there as well as the New Year’s resolutions to get fit, here are some great ways to protect your joints and build strength as you begin and maintain a running program.

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