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Amira's Training Tips: Yoga for Runners
November 27, 2017
Nothing quite like YOGA to stretch out the kinks of a 39 mile training and coaching weekend….this 46 year old body was really feeling the joint and muscle aches this morning!!!
Of course YOGA is a wonderful mind and body workout for people of all ages. There are varying degrees of intensity and poses…myself, I prefer the more relaxing, stretching type of yoga, versus trying to twist myself into a pretzel, or twisting and sweating in 90 degree temps…
What’s so good about yoga?
YOGA is a wonderful way to gain STRENGTH, BALANCE, STAMINA, FLEXIBILITY IN THE SPINE AND JOINTS, REALIGN THE SPINE, and bring an OVERALL SENSE OF CALMNESS and WELL BEING.
As a Running/Fitness Coach and marathoner, YOGA is a part of my daily training routine. I also recommend YOGA to all the runners I coach.
All too often, STRETCHING, STRENGTHENING and gaining FLEXIBILITY take a back seat in our daily lives, if practiced at all. Most people are unaware as to just how stiff and sore their bodies really are until they begin to stretch them out….so it’s important to incorporated stretching and strengthening into daily routines, to promote fit, strong, healthy minds and bodies as we age, athlete or not.
How yoga helps you stay injury-free
STRENGTH, BALANCE, STAMINA and FLEXIBILITY aid in injury prevention, allows for a faster leg turnover in athletes = increased pace, and just makes the mind and body feel so good!
If the cost of a class is beyond your means, there are countless YOGA DVD’S available in stores and online…just make sure that you buy a DVD that is within your present fitness abilities – if the moves are too difficult, you will probably end up not doing them.
Don’t be discouraged at first if you feel stiff, and unable to do some of the YOGA poses…the more you practice, the more flexible you will become, and the better you’ll feel!!!