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.

Here are some yoga tips for runners:

  • Gently ease into stretching. You would never run a half-marathon 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 de-stress 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 corrected

 

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Rachel is a runner, qualified yoga teacher and director of lifestyle website InspiredHealth.co.nz, and follow more of her personal journey to get race-ready with her family on her Facebook & Instagram pages