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Yoga is a Compliment to any Sport or Activity March 23, 2011

Filed under: Cycling,General Health,Home Care,massage,running — Isidora Romantini @ 2:23 pm
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I’ve been practicing yoga for the last 3 years, and more recently have been practicing Moksha yoga – a form of hot yoga.  To tell you the truth, I’ve never felt better.

A lot of athletes know that stretching is crucial for injury prevention, but aren’t aware that yoga is even more effective.  To incorporate this practice within your regular routine of whatever sport or workout you do, it will enhance your performance in every way.  Not only does it increase your flexibility, but it also increases your awareness of your body and expands your mind into a calmness that cannot be achieved by exercise alone.  If you’re wondering how yoga can help you as an athlete, here’s how:

If you’re a cyclist or a runner, chances are your hip flexors and your chest is constricted at some level.  Yoga helps open up your hips and chest through various poses and prevents long term injuiries.  Most of you are probably thinking, “I can’t do yoga…I’m not flexible at all!”  Yoga is a forever progressing practice and flexibility comes with time.  You don’t have to be flexible BEFORE you start practicing!

Furthermore, if you are someone who sits at a desk all day long, again, your hip flexors and chest are tight by being slumped over your desk all day long.  Yoga will help loosen your muscles up so you don’t live in discomfort at work.

In addition to opening up your body, yoga helps give you focus throughout your day – whether it be during your vigorous workouts, or helping you focus more intensely at your job.

Don’t wait until you are so tight that you become injured.  Yoga is a great way to increase your flexibility, bring your mind at ease, and strengthen your core.  With great core strength, comes decreased back pain.

Try it!  You’ll like it!

 

Runner’s Stretches August 4, 2009

We’re well into the summer season, so guaranteed some of you are over-doing it.  Here are some stretches for you runners out there to prevent injury so you can enjoy the rest of the season.

Shin Stretch:  This one is really important to prevent shin splints.  Take a step forward, and with your back toes, drag them on the ground until you feel a stretch.  It is best done in either stocking feet or bare feet.

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Iliotibial Band Stretch (ITB stretch):  Another important stretch.  Often you will start to feel pain on the outside of your knee when your ITB becomes tight.  Hold this stretch and all stretches for at least 30 seconds.

ITB

Calf Stretch:  Absolutely important in keeping your calves nice and loose.  This one can be done while your taking a little brake on one of your runs!

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Glute Stretch:  Your glutes work hard during those long runs.  Make sure you do this stretch and all stretches after each and every run to prevent injury.

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Hamstring Stretch:  Another group that works hard while running.  This group becomes tight very easily.

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Quad Stretch:  This stretch will help your knees stay healthy.  This can also be done during a small break on your runs.

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These are just a few basic stretches to keep you loose and performing at your peak.  Stretching after EVERY single run is crucial to keep you functioning at your best and doing great at that race you’re working towards.

Good luck!