Yoga Poses for Runners
The runner’s high. The feel of the road beneath your sneakers. The knowledge that you could outrun most of the people you know in the event of a zombie apocalypse or a bear attack. There are many benefits to being a runner, but there are also potential downsides: reckless drivers. Shin splints. Sprains. Super fast zombies. It is important to care for your body between runs, and yoga can be an excellent way to do that. Admittedly, yoga can’t help with the reckless drivers or zombies, but nothing is perfect. Here are some poses to help stretch out your tired muscles and get you ready for your next run:*
● Downward Facing Dog: This pose is sort of the bread and butter of yoga poses, and it’s great for stretching your legs and opening your hips. To do this pose, put your hands and feet flat on the floor, essentially creating an inverted V with your body. Lift your hips up towards the ceiling while simultaneously pressing your heels into the floor, keeping your back straight.
● Seated Forward Fold: Consider this the adult version of “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes.” Sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of your, heels together. Flex your feet and fold forward, grabbing your feet if you can. Imagine your body is hinged at your waist and attempt to keep your top half straight for a deeper stretch.
● Cobbler’s Pose: Sit on the floor with the soles of your feet touching and your knees wide apart. Don’t force your knees down to the ground; instead, let them fall naturally. If your hips and groin feel too tight, sit on a block or a folded blanket. If you are the parent of small children, you will notice that your kids are able to do this stretch without batting an eye and possibly feel jealous. Remind yourself that yoga is not a contest, but you ultimately still have the upper hand because you can reach the top shelf in the pantry.
● Monkey Lunge: Step forward into a lunge with your right knee directly over your right foot, keeping your left leg straight. Carefully lower your left knee to the ground and untuck your toes. Place your hands on your right knee and straighten your shoulders into alignment with your hips while you melt your left thigh towards the floor. For an added stretch, raise your arms above your head, keeping your shoulders square. Repeat on the other side.
● Half-Split with Flexed Foot: Begin in Monkey Lunge. Shift your weight onto your back leg and flex your front foot, letting your front thigh melt down towards the floor. Repeat on the other side. This is a particularly great pose to stretch the muscles in your calves.
● Lizard Pose: Step forward into a lunge, keeping your right knee directly over your right foot and your left leg straight. Carefully bring your hands down to the floor inside your right knee. If your hips allow, lower yourself to your elbows, keeping your legs engaged in the lunge. Repeat on the other side. Whether or not you attempt to catch crickets with your tongue in this pose is up to you.
● Mountain Pose with Hands Bound: Runners can have a tendency to hunch their shoulders, so it’s important to open the chest and stretch out those muscles. Working on a computer all day can cause this same issue, although sitting on a computer won’t prepare you to escape from bears or zombies. To perform this pose, begin by standing straight up, feet shoulder width apart. Lace your fingers behind your back and straighten your arms. Slowly raise your hands behind your back, keeping your posture and arms straight.
Yoga can be a great way to stretch and restore your muscles both before and after you run. Plus, you’ll have an extra advantage during the zombie apocalypse by being extra bendy which opens up a plethora of additional hiding places. Those other runners who don’t do yoga will eventually get tired from running away but they won’t fit into a tiny cabinet like you will. We’re just thinking of you for when the zombies attack. You’re welcome.
*Vemma Nutrition Company recommends following a healthy approach to weight loss by consulting with your physician or healthcare provider prior to starting any new diet or exercise plan.