Training Tips - Yes You Should!
Yes you should - do yoga! Many of say that we will stretch after our workouts or on a recovery day, but it never happens. Signing up for a stretching or yoga class can improve your daily performance and make a big difference in your weekly training plan.
Many stretching and yoga classes focus on balance as well as increasing range of motion. Better balance is an asset is running and cycling. When you get off balance on the bike or if you start to turn an ankle running you can quickly recover if you have good balance and core strength. Better balance reduces the chance for a fall. Stretching can help with recovery because it increases blood flow to your muscles. It also can help with stress relieve by relaxing tense muscles that often accompany stress.
If you are looking to start up with a Yoga class it can be helpful to know the different styles. Here are four of the most popular types of yoga:
1) Bikram Yoga - Involves a set of 26 poses practices in a room that may be as hot as 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the belief that the body will be more flexible in heat.
2) Ananda Yoga - A gentle style that focuses on inner balance as well as increased flexibility.
3) Astanga Yoga - A challenging workout, where the practitioner moves from one posture to another in a rapid fashion to build strength and flexibility. It is often refered to as power yoga.
4) Iyengar Yoga - Focuses on the precise alignment of postures and uses props such as belts and blocks to help perform yoga poses correctly.
If yoga is not your cup of tea try a regular stretching routine. A great place to find sport specific stretches is www.physicaltherapy.about.com and www.thestretchinghandbook.com.
Add a regular flexibility routine into your exercise plan and you will be on your way to taking your performance and fitness to the next level.