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10 Best Yoga Poses for Runners-Part 1

10 Best Yoga Poses for Runners-Part 1

Running has quickly become one of the most popular physical activities in the UK. Running not only improves the physical and mental state of an individual but is also very effective at reducing stress and blood pressure. It's the cheapest and fastest form of exercise, making it very popular and achievable for busy individuals.

Running is however, well known for putting a large amount of stress on your muscles, joints, and ligaments. It's estimated that for every mile you run, your feet will hit the ground around 2,000 times (Depending on your height and stride of course). This repetitive motion can affect your hips and legs, which can lead to injuries or even long term muscular problems. To try and eradicate the stressful effects of running, try practicing yoga before or after a run to help increase your flexibility and to help prevent injury.

In this demonstration we have used the Meglio Yoga Wheel to help perform a range of different yoga poses. The Meglio Yoga Wheel is the perfect tool for improving posture, increasing overall balance and adding comfort and support during your exercise routine. Our Yoga Wheels all have a grippy black rubber base and come in a range of stylish colours.

Practice: To begin, place your left foot forward and kneel down with your right
knee. Place the yoga wheel under your left leg and breathe out. Lift your arms up above your head and keep your body upright.

Tips: Use thoracic or chest breathing 3-5 times whilst completing the exercise.

Finish: To complete this exercise, breathe out and pull your arms back down. Switch over to your other leg and repeat exercise.

Benefits: This exercise helps to release tension within your knees, stretch your thighs
and strengthen your back muscles. 

 

Practice: To begin, place your right leg down on the mat with your knee touching the floor. Lift your left leg up and stretch it out, placing the yoga wheel underneath your ankle. Place your hands on either side of the yoga wheel and lean your upper body forward.

Tips: Use abdominal breathing whilst undertaking this exercise and aim to complete 4-5
controlled breaths.

Finish: To complete this exercise, breathe out and switch over to your other leg.

Benefits: This exercise helps to release tension within your thighs and improves hip flexibility. 

 

Practice: To begin, place your hands down on the mat and set your knees directly below your hips with your hands slightly forward of your shoulders. Spread your palms face down on the floor, exhale and lift your knees up. At first keep your knees slightly bent and your heels lifted away from the floor. Tense your shoulder blades and widen them apart. Keep your head up and place the yoga wheel under your chest.

Tips: Use abdominal breathing whilst undertaking this exercise and aim to complete 4-5 controlled breaths.

Finish: To complete this exercise, breathe out, release the yoga wheel from your chest and relax.

Benefits: This exercise helps to release tension within your shoulders and neck as well as stretching out your leg muscles.

 

Practice: To begin, sit down on the mat and place the yoga wheel slightly behind you on your left hand side. Straighten out right leg and keep your back in an upright position. Using your left leg, bend your knee and cross it over your right leg. Place your left foot flat down on the floor and slowly twist your body anti-clockwise towards the yoga wheel. Turn your head whilst twisting your upper body and place one hand on the yoga wheel. Begin breathing process.

Tips: Use abdominal breathing whilst undertaking this exercise and aim to complete 4-5 controlled breaths.

Finish: To complete this exercise, exhale and slowly relax back into starting position. Repeat exercise on your opposite side.

Benefits: This exercise helps to improve the strength of your back and increases flexibility in your upper body.

 

Practice: Kneel down on the floor and bring your knees and feet together. Stretch out and straighten your arms, laying them down next to each other on top of the yoga wheel with your palms facing down. Breathe in and hold your stretch. Breathe out, tense your abdominal muscles and bend your chest down to the ground.
Tips: Use thoracic or chest breathing for 3-5 minutes whilst completing the exercise.
Finish: To complete this exercise, breathe in and lift your shoulders up. Breathe out and
return to holding pose.
Benefits: This exercise helps to release tension within your shoulders and spine as
well as your hips, thighs and ankles.

We hope you have enjoyed watching & learning about our favourite resistance band exercises. Don't forget to check out Meglio TV for our full range of exercises videos, including tutorials on our grid foam roller and massage stick.

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