How yoga can complement your running

How yoga can complement your running

Have you tried yoga to aid your running? And how much emphasis do you place on stretching? On this episode of the Ask Coach Parry podcast Lindsey tells you how yoga can benefit your running; and how important stretching is and when to do it.

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Brad Brown: Welcome to this edition of the Ask Coach Parry podcast, I’m Brad Brown. It’s good to have you with us. Great question in today from Danielle. Lindsey, Danielle wanted to know, what’s your views on stretching, more specifically yoga as a practice for reduced injury risk and improved joint mobility. I think it’s a great question and hence improved running performance. There are mixed and confusing opinions among clinicians.

Lindsey Parry: Look, there is a risk of hypo-mobility, also causing overuse injuries. But I don’t think that’s something you need to be concerned about in yoga. My experience with things like yoga and Pilates is that you do have responsible people in charge that have got qualifications and so yoga is not just about flexibility, it’s also about strengthening specific areas in the body and so I do feel that yoga is an extremely good complimentary exercise to be doing along with running.

Stretching is necessary – especially after running

Like my very simple philosophy on stretching is that it is necessary. I don’t spend too much time encouraging people to stretch before exercise with cold muscles. I far prefer people to do some basic stretching post exercise to maintain a good balance between left and right. But as well as just in the actual, in each muscle itself. So, yoga is a really good way of formalising that and ensuring that you do maintain a good degree of strength and mobility.

BB: There you go, awesome stuff. Lindsey, thank you for that and Danielle, thank you for your question, I hope that helps. We look forward to catching up again soon. If there’s anything else we can do, be in touch. The website to get to is askcoachparry.com, you can submit your questions there and we could be answering them next time out here on the podcast. Until then, from the two of us, it’s cheers.

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