Does Yoga help running?
Pounding the pavement is something that I never thought I could do but realised that I can. Since starting running I have realised that I can actually do anything I put my mind to.
On average a runners foot hits the pavement 1000 times during a mile. With 3 times your weight going through your joints with each step it’s no wonder joints, muscles and ligaments come in for a bashing.
So would Yoga help with flexibility, strength and repair?
In short……. Yes!
Yoga and running are polar opposites in fitness, one high impact the other designed to strengthen, lengthen and build flexibility. Engaging all muscles large and small whilst also relaxing and focusing the mind.
Possibly the biggest advantage to Yoga would be injury prevention, identifying any problematic areas before injury can strike and stop your training
As a runner we push ourselves to plough on with training even when we feel something is not right or troublesome, yoga teaches you to listen to your body and know the difference between injury pain and discomfort caused by the long/fast/training run.
Do I try Yoga?
My biggest problem is being able to let go. Yoga is a form of exercise but also relaxation and I struggle relaxing especially in group situations.
Do I try a DVD or TV guided Yoga classes? Personally I think no. Yoga is an art form and practised correctly can have so many benefits, flip side it….. practise incorrectly and surely it could work drastically against you?
There are so many forms of Yoga now it’s like trying to chose a new pair of shoes. Which do you try?
Wish me luck! I will be back with an update as soon as I have decided whether Yoga is for me. Fingers crossed it is, I have never been able to touch my toes!!!