Over time, the repetitive motions of running can create injuries and pain in joints like ankles, knees, hips, and shoulders. Ouch! As a runner, adding a yoga program to your regular exercise routine is super easy, feels awesome, and can improve your overall performance. There are many different movements and poses you can do to increase stamina, strength flexibility, and reduce recovery time.
When practicing yoga the muscles and ligaments are lengthened to restore pliability and range of movement. Poses that target the hips, hamstrings, and quads are the crescent lunge, single-legged pigeon, warrior I, II & III, triangle, chair pose, and half moon pose.
Stretching those limbs 3-4 times a week to loosen up those joints isn’t the only advantage of doing yoga! It can help improve your breathing, relaxation, mental clarity, acuity, and give you more stamina as you shred those trails. Yoga also helps reduce the risk of new injuries and helps restore damage from old injuries. So what are you waiting for? Grab your YOGO mat and get movin’!