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It’s not just about the running! It is easy to become fixated with getting out and getting the miles under your belt. This puts a lot of the same repetitive strain through your body and causes the body, potentially causing certain parts to become overused or inflexible. Complementing your training with other disciplines can help to re-balance some of the problems associated with pounding those pavements. Yoga and Pilates can be excellent complimentary forms of exercise and add variety to your training program.
Yoga is an ancient Indian practice that originated around 5000 years ago. It is best known as a set of practices that include physical postures, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. On a deeper level yoga aims to unite all aspects of the person, balancing the physical, mental, and emotional. All athletes will know that a combination of all three is vital in order to reach peak performance.
When the yoga postures are held steadily they allow deep release of the muscles, joints and connective tissues. When they are performed in a flowing sequence they improve muscle tone, strength and stamina.
This combination of both strong and supple muscles helps provide optimum support for the joints and other injury prone zones. Yoga postures can help heal old injuries and realign the body, therefore also improving co-ordination and balance. Whilst running we use simple, cyclical movements of the legs. Yoga offers us many supplemental exercises to help reduce the risk of repetitive strain injury and general wear and tear.
Pilates helps to improve your core stability and achieve flexibility through controlled strength. Often runners over recruit certain muscles in order to compensate for poor core strength. Just stretching out the overused muscles doesn’t solve the problem. Pilates can help to correct the imbalances, improve core stability and as a result this allows the body to become more flexible. Always check the qualifications of the Pilates instructor. Many physiotherapists run Pilates classes and their expertise will ensure that the class is safe and effective for any injury you might have. Ideally look out for classes that are specific for runners as these will concentrate on combining the core with lower limb work.
YOGA & PILATES CLASSES: BN1
Brighton Pilates 07950 304 071
Dragonfly Clinic 01273 311711
Middle Path Yoga 07811 7520592
SunDial Clinics 111 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XF
Yoga For Runners and Sport c/o The Jing Institue, 28 / 29 Bond Street, Brighton BN1 1RD
Yoga For You 07787 965878