I can still feel the excitement of Big Island‘s recent Kona IRONMAN 2019. I take my hat off to all the participants and volunteers. There was lots of sweat and tears, which has prompted me to write this Blog, which relates to cyclists and swimmers as well.
Whether you run competitively, for fun, or as a way to get exercise, you will soon discover the challenge to proper condition for this activity is no simple task. Running regularly, while extremely good for you, can also place a lot of strain on your body.
If you want to take care of yourself and get the most out of your workout, then you must invest the time to develop a proper technique. Of course, there are numerous things you can do to get yourself conditioned for running. One of the best ways to become a stronger runner is with a method most would never consider. You can develop better running technique by practicing yoga!
Yoga For Running
This is unbelievable; you cannot afford to knock this before you try it. Yoga can benefit your running form in several ways. In particular, it helps you be physically stronger, increases your flexibility, corrects your stride posture, and teaches you to breathe properly.
The strengthening effects of yoga on your body are perhaps the most thoroughly documented. Pretty much every area of your body can benefit from a series of yoga poses as part of your daily workout. The most important results for runners are strengthening of arms, calves, and body core. Stronger arms will help you get more out of your stride, while beefing up your calves and abdominal area will improve your endurance.
Yoga, when done regularly, increases flexibility. This is really significant since a greater range of motion will translate into a longer stride. However, the best part about learning flexibility through yoga is you learn proper ways to stretch vital muscle groups. This will substantially lessen your risk of pulling muscles or getting other related running injuries.
Yoga helps your stride in several ways. Okay, we already mentioned flexibility, but wait there is more, yoga teaches you proper posture. Proper posture is a key to proper breathing, an effective method to conserve energy because it eliminates inefficient movement.
While all of these benefits are good, the most obvious payback to your running quality is the proper breathing technique yoga teaches. Many people underestimate the importance of breathing while running when, in fact, it is the most essential part. If you cannot breathe properly, your body will not get the necessary oxygen to run your muscles at full force. Whether you want to get a competitive edge, or just feel better on your morning jog, it is crucial to learn proper breathing technique.
Hopefully, this article has enlightened you to include yoga as part of your daily routine.