A 10-minute postrun yoga sequence that will improve your range of motion and prevent injury, by Sage Rountree
Most runners wouldn’t describe themselves as limber or loose—especially after logging a five-, 10-, or 20-miler. But practicing yoga after your workouts can remedy that. By increasing blood and oxygen flow to muscles, tendons, and ligaments, yoga boosts flexibility, reduces soreness, and speeds recovery. This series of six poses targets runners’ tightest and weakest spots, improving range of motion and strength to keep muscles and joints healthy. And as a bonus, you’ll also develop balance, core strength, and focus. Done together, these exercises make the perfect postrun routine.
Why Yoga by Sage Rountree
Many of my athletic friends have asked why they should try yoga. With only a limited number of weekly hours to train, wouldn’t time be spent better in the weight room or the pool, or out on the road?
I used to feel the same way.
In fact, I hated the first few yoga classes I tried. I was painfully self-conscious, I didn’t understand the Sanskrit, I didn’t know the protocol regarding mats, and my back was miserable as we sat still on the floor. Plus, yoga wasn’t weightlifting, it wasn’t aerobic exercise, and it was really hard. I thought I was flexible and strong, and it was a big blow to my ego to be humbled by simple poses.
Not until I was pregnant with my first child—and then later training for the marathon I knew I could run after surviving the delivery of said child—did I begin to see the answers to the question: Why yoga?