Benefits of Yoga for Runners

by Christine Felstead

  • Decrease muscle stiffness and increase range of motion. Improved range of motion may also slow the degeneration of the joints.
  • Reduce risk of injury. A flexible muscle is less likely to become injured.
  • Reduce muscular tension and enhance muscular relaxation. Habitually tense/tight muscles tend to cut off their own circulation, resulting in a lack of oxygen and essential nutrients.
  • Improve mechanical efficiency and overall functional performance. Since a flexible joint requires less energy to move through a wider range of motion, a flexible body improves overall performance by creating more energy-efficient movements.
  • Reduce risk of low-back pain. Flexibility in the hamstrings, hip flexors and muscles attached to the pelvis relieves stress on the lumbar spine (lower back).
  • LESS ACHES AND PAINS β€” IMPROVE YOUR RUNNING β€” SAY HEALTHY AND ON THE ROAD
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