Wednesday Workout – Flexibility
|Flexibility is important for all athletes, to improve performance you must first improve flexibility.|
Improving flexibility is especially important for triathletes focusing on 3 sports. You need to work on increasing flexibility in your shoulders, arms, core, and legs. Increasing flexibility will help you to improve power, strength, and endurance while swimming, biking, and running. Read the article below on some yoga stretches that will be especailly beneficial to your running.
3 Best Yoga Poses for Runners
By Karen Sherwood • For Active.com
What makes yoga and running the perfect combination? They both benefit the body in completely different ways; they’re the yin and yang of exercise. The cardiovascular benefits of running are unmatched, while the centering and sometimes vigorous practice of yoga not only strengthens and sculpts the muscles, but also brings the mind to a sweet, comfortable place, keeping that “runner’s high” going all day long.
As the feet pound the pavement, running compacts and contracts the muscles, setting the stage for tight muscles, pain and even injury.
Runners, don’t fret—just a wee bit of yoga is perfect for lengthening tight muscles. Many articles for runners address the ever-popular hip openers and knee strengtheners (which are very important), but tend to neglect some other crucial areas affected by avid running. Yes, you can still do your “runner’s stretch,” but follow it up with these three poses to loosen and strengthen the other important muscles.
As a runner, this is one of my least favorite poses. It’s just plain uncomfortable. However, we yogis believe that the most uncomfortable poses are often the most needed. The good news: The more often you do a pose you hate, the easier it gets. Additionally, quad stretches can help prevent a slew of injuries associated with running.
Now that you’ve opened up the quads a bit, it’s time for the most delicious, but often forgotten, IT band stretch. Fallen warrior is simply Trikonasana (triangle pose) on the floor.
Time to tackle the inner and outer hamstrings as well as the gluteus maximus. Lie on your back with a strap, or stand up if you’re feeling energetic.
Keep in mind that in all poses, a nice, balanced joint space is far more important than achieving a particular range of motion, so always look to achieve sensation, not pain.