Runners for Yoga

This post is for all of you runners out there – or maybe you don’t consider yourself a “runner”, but you do go running on occasion. Yoga is a great way to keep your body balanced – and prevent soreness, stiffness and injury.

During a one mile run your foot will hit the street around 400 times with a force of 2 to 3 times your body weight. That means if you are a 150lb person running one mile, you will have exerted at least 60 tons of force on your lower extremities. And if you make it all the way around Prospect Park, that’s 201 tons of force. That may sound like a lot, but our bodies are built to withstand a great deal – in fact, the impact from running can help to keep your ligaments strong and your joints well lubricated.

Running does not, however, improve your range of motion. Those small but repetitive motions and that compounded force, tighten up your muscles from your hips to your toes and what good are healthy joints if the muscles and tendons around them are too tight to allow proper movement? With running, form is key. Even with proper alignment – which many people do not have to start with – the sheer force and repetition creates stiff muscles and decreases range of motion. Without proper alignment, repetitive stress can quickly cause pain and injury.

Yoga counters this AND you don’t have to be a devoted yogi to see the benefit. Try it out – take a class once a week or twice a week or maybe just do a couple of poses after you go for your run.

Resources

“Impact Forces at the Knee Joint – A Comparative Study on Running Styles – by Constanza Sol, MBA – Pose Tech’s Online Library.” Pose Running, Pose Cycling, Pose Swimming and other sport techniques taught through the Pose Method®. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Nov. 2011. .

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