Yoga is perfect for strength building, improving flexibility, and enhancing mental focus. All things that are beneficial for runners. Many runners use yoga as a form of rehabilitation after runs, after injuries, or to prep and stretch for an upcoming race. So, why yoga?
Yoga poses focus heavily on your core, your quads, your hamstrings and your glutes; all of which are crucial for runners. By incorporating yoga into your fitness routine, you will also be building muscle stamina. Holding and maintaining yoga poses requires muscle strength and discipline. Getting your body into poses such as the Figure 4 Pose and the Half Lord of the Fishes Twist as seen below, you are opening up your hip flexors and stretching muscles that can otherwise be under-stretched.
If you’re looking to become a yogi, take it slow. Even if you are an avid runner or athlete, don’t expect to be a yoga expert right away. Often time’s yoga poses work different muscles than you’re used to working, and they can also take a lot of balance and core work. Yoga can aid runners in injury prevention. The more you stretch and prepare your muscles prior to running, the less likely you are to injure yourself. Check out the infographic below for more information!
Here at Oahu Spine & Rehab we work with runners daily that are suffering from plantar fasciitis, knee pain, and back pain. Along with the help of one of our personalized treatment plans, yoga is a great activity/exercise to take up in order to keep your muscles at optimum health. Come visit us in Kailua if you are suffering from any sort of pain.