Training is always about striving to push the limits and it’s often associated with sweating, fast movement and cardiovascular intensity. Many people feel that if they are huffing and puffing or feeling the strain, they aren’t doing the right things. What they don’t realize is that maintain a coefficient muscle balance is highly significant and when that suffers, so will efficiency and full body fitness levels. When this tenuous balance is off, the body is primed for injury and to keep this at its peak level, athletes need to incorporate a variety of fitness activities besides cardio-centric exercises.
Yoga is one activity that can truly enhance your performance via the outcomes that it delivers to the body in terms of its grace, its focus on control and its essential balance. Yoga integrates the art of concentrating on muscle groups while controlling your breathing and sending oxygen to the areas of body. The varying flow of the postures will build strength in muscle groups that some of the cardio invested exercises may overlook. Additionally, you can gain a very specific type of control over your breathing and increase your ability to employ centering, calming and focus techniques to your training.
Learning to maintain balance in different areas of your body will go a long way in avoiding injury and knowing when to apply that to your run will come from the clarity and mental agility that yoga promotes. The mental concentration that it builds will help you in meeting a wall head on with through concentration and increase your endurance. The breathing techniques are infinitely valuable and are easily transferable to your time on the track and streets.
As you start out, don’t assume that because you are athletic that you will find it easy. Sign up for a beginner class and test your ability to hold the postures that you might find somewhat awkward at first. Even in a beginning level, if you easily adapt to the poses, you can choose to hold them longer each time to increase your challenge. You can always move into more advanced classes as you develop.
Yoga can be done in any season. You can invest in classes indoors throughout the winter and outdoors is an option in the summer. It’s not the kind of thing that requires a specific environment. Practice on a plane, your living room, the park or in the studio. Through your low training periods, you can try power yoga to increase the intensity.
Essentially, all you need is a yoga mat and some comfortable clothing that will allow maximum flexibility. If you want to fit a bit in every day and don’t want to work around a studio’s schedule, you can select from numerous online sessions or DVD’s although starting with an instructor is a good idea in the beginning.
Maintaining moderation is recommended in any method of training and yoga is no different. It won’t replace your running or cardio training but will assist in developing different strengths. It will increase flexibility, improve breathing and build focus and concentration. Runners might find the open non-competitive environment a bit unique at first but as you continue, you will stop being concerned with the other yogis in the room and focus primarily on your own balance and your own improvement and learn to compete solely with your own best performance.