Would you rather squeeze in another interval session, hill set or long run into your weekly running programme to help you get faster or join a yoga class?
Sometimes, less can be more.
The telling quote, by author and trail runner, Laura Schwecherl, of the article is - 'When I started doing yoga more regularly (3-4 times a week) I simultaneously became stronger and faster. I'm not sure yoga can take all the credit but it can take some.'
Reading the article on self.com provides a few reasons why yoga can support athletes in getting quicker....
Having juggled training programmes for triathlons, marathons, ultra marathons, swimruns and longer open water events it is easy to undervalue the contribution that yoga can make in supporting your training. Hopefully the article will help you to make the transition to viewing yoga as an integral part of your programme that you are comfortable dedicating time to.
Your yoga practise can be used a part of your recovery day. If you are doing it with fellow athletes please remember that yoga is not a competitive activity.
Who knows - you may even enjoy it!
Tim & Shannon: Part time yoga teachers from Cookham, Berkshire. We thought it would be fun to share our learning experiences with like minded people.