Blog Post For Runners!
Runners typically have tight hip flexors, hamstrings and IT bands. Do deep lunge stretches, and hip and glute openers such as Pigeon Pose for the glutes and IT bands, Cobbler for tight groin, runners stretch for tight quads and hamstrings, and Dragon Lunge for tight hip flexors. (in short just come to yoga regularly if you run!)
Backbend regularly. Many runners have a stooped forward posture after years of running as the spine gets set in the rounded position.
We see so many runners still running with their knee pain and knee brace. If you have knee pain STOP running. Come to yoga, rest it, work on your skeletal alignment before you resume running.
Be aware that while cardio vascular fitness is a good effect of running, if it comes at the expense of your joints, it isn’t worth it.
Combine your running programme with yoga to stretch out the tight muscles, create traction in the joints that may have taken some compression from pounding the pathways, and remember yoga also has cardio vascular benefits while opening the body.
Take smaller strides to avoid injury or strain. Your foot should land under your knee, not in front of it.
Keep your chest high, don’t round your shoulders and hunch forward, this will strain neck, upper back and tighten your intercostal muscles. Try to stay relaxed in the shoulders, and neck.
Do it in moderation! Too much of anything can be detrimental to the joints. So enjoy a nice, fast, short sprint to your yoga studio!
Join us on Tuesday’s from 6.30pm for a 5k run departing at 6.45pm – before heading into Deep Core at 7.45pm to stretch it out!